Opening Friday, June 19th, from 12PM - 1:30PM
By Seed Lynn and Sadie Woods
To commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, artists Seed Lynn and Sadie Woods explore diasporic emancipatory celebrations through mediums of photography and music. From slavery abolition through mass migration, this work examines the socio-political roots of carnival, processions, and the Black festival, including work-in-progress for upcoming exhibition Ghoema, media from the Bud Billiken Parade and interviews around local and historical Juneteenth traditions. The program will conclude with a DJ set by Sadie Woods aka Afrodjia, and the launch of a month-long, Virtual Juneteenth Marketplace supporting Black-owned, South Side businesses.
About the Artists
Award winning artist, curator, DJ and professor Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As a multidisciplinary artist, curator and deejay, Woods’ work focuses primarily on resistance and social movements, and producing collaborations within communities of difference. She also deejays under the moniker Afrodjia, focusing on diasporic Afro-Latin and -Caribbean music and culture. Woods is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta, resident DJ at Lumpen Radio 105.5FM and Vocalo 91.5FM.
Culture worker, imagist and digital storyteller, Seed Lynn submits listening as a liberation practice. Whether sensually, technically, or artfully applied, Lynn greets the lens as an altered state through which listening and witnessing shape artistic voice.
This listening invades his work, frames subjects with grace and honesty, and in turn, shapes spaces where stories find students. Lynn’s own studies concern how we remember ourselves, how that memory is embodied in ritual image, and how remembrance itself, in the face of oppressive narratives, is a cathartic and meaningful act of protest.