The Anti-Slavery, Collective Resistance paintings by Gullah interpretive realism painter Brother Nizar will be on exhibit at Mama Africa’s 40 North Market Street retail shop located in downtown Charleston July 17 through July 18, 2020.
An introduction of Nizar and his work will be held at 6 p.m. on July 17 and at 2 p.m. on July 18. Nizar is a prolific painter and award-winning artist of the Gullah Quest For freedom spanning from 1418 to 1868. His work is believed to be the largest collection of Anti-Slavery, Collective Resistance art in America. His work is prominently displayed at North Charleston City Hall, City of Charleston Parking Services Department, Livability and Tourism Department and the Colleton County Memorial Library.
On Saturday July 18, Mama Africa will also host a book signing by author and radio personality Lori LJ Johnson. Her book entitled, “In Defense of Dinah: Coming Out of the Shadow of Shame”, deals with the issue of victim-blaming by looking at the rape of a biblical character named Dinah (Genesis 34). It is a demand for respect and claiming the honor of women. The author LJ says, ”The goal is to target and provoke the community. I believe the church needs to take the lead in shifting attitudes towards rape victims by becoming more sensitive. The bad habit of victim-blaming needs to end.”
Autumn Thompson, co-owner of Mama Africa and the host of the exhibition, invites all to experience and celebrate Gullah cultural Art and hospitality. Mama Africa is a one stop boutique for African motifs, health and beauty products with locations at 40 N. Market Street and 2150 Northwoods Blvd. Autumn adds that they are committed to education, community development and social justice. The exhibit will be open from 5-8PM July 17 and 10AM – 5PM July 18.