Art is often an escape from reality, whatever the medium you may find yourself exposed to - it gives us the opportunity to build and observe worlds that otherwise may never exist in the physical world. As the great Nina Simone once said "an artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times", and in that sense, art becomes a vessel for narratives that are important to the person creating it - whereupon the viewer can interpret things in the art meaningful to them that the artist may not have initially thought about during their process. SOMA Arts recent exhibit Night Light: Divine Revolution curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green was a perfect marriage of those two ideals, creating art 'for art's sake' (as many like to say these days) and art with transparent intentionality behind the work.
“Night Light takes on the theme of Divine Revolution in order to illuminate what it means to not only rewrite but create new narratives and new myths in the image of people of color. How do new myths shape artists and participants? How does transformation become a spiritual and revolutionary act?” - co-curator Melorra Green
The gallery brought together multimedia artists to showcase work that touched on Afrofuturism, love, self care, identity and much more - while it also revisited last year's The Black Woman is God exhibition. Between live performances, poetry readings, and interactive pieces, Divine Revolution not only successfully piqued your body's every sense but crafted a space for dialogue and discourse from artists of color in a massive exhibition - something the Bay Area (and the world as whole) could use certainly use more of.