How to understand Black art across the diaspora

With the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and more, our thoughts are with the people and communities closest to them and others whose names are unknown. Please take steps to protect your mental health as the current news can be overwhelming, triggering and exhausting.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our Black community globally as this movement for justice, anti-racism, and structural reform is underway. 

Combined with the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on Black communities and the sexual and gender-based violence against Uwavera Omozuwa, Tina Ezekwe and more in Nigeria, we are filled with mourning at the realities faced by our global community. We support protestors and organizers at the frontlines of these movements for justice across our Diaspora. 

We stand in solidarity with Black Women, the Black Queer community, Black People with Disabilities and the many Black identites that are left out of these conversations. Pro-Blackness is to fight for ALL Black people. 

As people either in or interested the art world, it is important to critique the institutions and professionals that profit from Black artists, works and cultures. Take this time to notice if they are genuinely vocal, if they are supportive by redistributing wealth or if they are complicit in institutional anti-Blackness. The art world is not exempt from anti-Black policies and attitudes.

ISE-DA has been and will always be dedicated to supporting Black communities across the Diaspora. We remain committed to our mission to cultivate, educate and reimagine an art ecosystem that benefits and promotes the creativity, interests, and progression of Black people. 

- The ISE-DA Team