See Black Women is a collective of artists, activists, curators and writers raised on black feminist theory. We center the work of black women through exhibition, publication, policy and community activations. Founded by T. Rasheed and Angela Hennessy in the fall of 2019, See Black Women is in partnership with Ashara Ekundayo, Leigh Raiford and Lava Thomas.
Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary art. Through writing, studio work, and performance, her practice questions assumptions about Death and the Dead themselves. She uses a spectrum of color and other phenomena of light to expose mythologies of identity. In 2019, she won the San Francisco Artadia Award.
Born in West Oakland, Ca, Tahirah Rasheed is an artrepreneur and co-founder of “Fresh Made Productions” (arts content promotion and production), and “See Black Women” (a movement to be led by activists, curators, artists, writers, photographers and poets). See Black Women is a new venture focusing on triumph over the twin parallels of invisibility and hypervisibility of black women through a magazine dedicated to elevating the work of black women, political campaigns, and events. As an internationally traveled Disc Jockey, former lab assistant, and published researcher, Tahirah lends her many talents and experiences to each venture in service of community. She is focused on using art and business to fortify broader movements for justice. Her passion for the arts grows with every exploration of possibility. Tahirah is working toward a day in which her ventures are part of the sustainable support of black art in service of black freedom, black love, and black prosperity.
On The Artwork
Black communities have been undercounted in the decennial Census for decades, disconnecting them from past generations, and disadvantaging their families, communities, and neighborhoods by depriving them of political representation and funding—for healthcare, food assistance, public transportation, child care and senior centers, schools, housing, and more.
See Black Women reminds us that to insist upon being seen and heard is an act of resistance. Telling one’s story, recording a community’s legacy, and creating visual representations of one’s ancestry are methods of resisting erasure.