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South Dallas Cultural Center opens new exhibition featuring the works of Nigerian American photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola

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(Dallas, Texas) – The South Dallas Cultural Center opens its 2017 exhibition series with the first Dallas showing of Distant Relatives, a collaborative exhibit on the African diaspora featuring works from Nigerian American photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola. The exhibition will open in the Arthello Beck Gallery with an evening reception on Friday, January 20, 2017 and run through February 25, 2017.

 Distant Relatives is a multi-sensory experience that utilizes photography, video, installation, and storytelling to introduce audiences to the vibrant cultures within the African diaspora. Adewumi, a Dallas native, worked with Oyelola in Austin, Texas after graduating from the University of Texas in 2014. Their journey as visual storytellers began separately but both soon realized that their photographic work from disparate trips abroad carried prevalent themes of migration, home, and community. Through this discovery Adewumi and Oyelola chose to explore these themes together through curated exhibitions to encourage audiences to gain a better understanding of the histories, current events, and cultures that make up the African diaspora. The exhibition will feature photographic work from Brazil, Nicaragua, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Morocco, and Zimbabwe.

The Distant Relatives exhibition was recently featured as a special segment on Austin-based PBS arts documentary series, Arts In Context. The episode provides a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the artists as they prepare to host their second exhibit titled Home. The episode can be viewed online at http://video.klru.tv/show/arts-in-context/.

DISTANT RELATIVES is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs

Special Support Funding Program and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Public Events:

  • Opening reception: Friday, January 20, 2017 | 6:00pm to 8:00pm (SDCC) Free Admission
  • Diaspora Day Party: Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 1:00pm to 4:00pm (SDCC) Free Admission
  • Visual Storytelling workshop: Sunday, February 5, 2017 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm (SDCC) Registration Required

About the South Dallas Cultural Center:

The South Dallas Cultural Center’s mission is to provide instruction and enrichment in the performing, literary, media and visual arts with emphasis on the African contribution to world

Contact: Harold Steward

Phone: 214.671.0058

Email: harold.steward@dallascityhall.com

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