Our Tomorrow Happened Yesterday is the fourth in an ongoing series of exhibitions curated and created by artist Raymond A. Thomas that have been funded by the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE). These exhibits explore the notions of Blackness, Black culture and art activism in these times.
Thomas wants this new series of mix-media creations to manifest as a visual catalyst for confronting injustice while promoting a paradigm shift of equity, access, healing, and social change. He states, “These works were created to introduce audiences to new ways of (re)visualizing and (re)contextualizing themselves in regard to issues of race, culture and justice. By juxtaposing popularized negative images of our past with revolutionary ideals of freedom and purpose in our present, we seek to create counter-narratives that will broaden the conversations of self-identity and purpose for our future…Ultimately, If transcendental extra-dimensional time travel is not conceivable, we must find the fortitude within ourselves to become conduits of truth, love and light. As living portals, emitting positive energy and vibrations that we constantly and collectively share, not only to uplift our own mighty race but to become examples for future generations and for this entire ailing planet to follow.”