Curation & Creative Direction
by Jewel Ham
Jewel Ham is a multimedia visual artist interested in using her work as a means of reparation. She is passionate about increasing accessibility to visual arts in Black communities, as well as utilizing visual art as a means of outreach, activism, and empowerment.
As a painter, she juxtaposes elements of portraiture and still life, exploring emotionality through perspectives and cultural settings familiar to the Black experience. In actively (and authentically) highlighting the beauty and fury of our narratives, she believes the work’s content holds equal weight as its distribution. With that in mind, she intends to continue to share her work in like-minded, community spaces; prioritizing its placement in spaces largely accessible to the same communities that are the heart of its inception.
As a curator, Jewel aims to reimagine the traditional gallery space, amplifying the work of powerhouse Black artists. Inspired by her own studio practice as well as the idea of “curating a mood” and the music video feeling that comes with finding *your* song, she came into this project wanting to visualize a vibe. Although not personally musically inclined, the unapologetic nature of Black femme rap and other lyrical genres has fuelled Jewel’s artistic practice from the start.
After interning for Spotify in 2019 and going viral for her experiences there, it became clear that the system for giving visual artists and designers credit where due on major projects simply did not exist. As the Black experience and its accompanying culture continue to define popular and consumer culture alike, Jewel felt it was time to create a table of our own. In partnership with Treble, a community-driven virtual music resource space, she hopes to further amplify the work of Black contemporary artists across the world, as they set today’s cultural stage.
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Music is a fundamental part of our lives. We might hear it in passing when we’re walking down the street or when we’re at a block party drinking Hennessy or when we’re randomly rifling through SoundCloud on a Wednesday night. This show is about that. Music: The soundtrack to our best days and the antidote to our worst.
The visual artists in the show—which include Tae Ham, Nia Wallace, Emily Manwaring, Jahniah Kum, and many more—help us to visualize songs by musicians—like Alicia Drayton, Black Haüs, Neon June, donSMITH, Joel Ross, and others—through lines, colors, strokes, and marks. Together, this dynamic blend of multimedia artists and musicians makes for a show that is an immersive, audiovisual experience.
Jewel’s show gives us the community we need, and allows us to control our own narrative, particularly in a world where too many black musicians die too young: The Notorious B.I.G. Tupac. Pop Smoke. Nipsey. DMX. The recent New York Times obituary on DMX’s passing described him as “wild” and “broken,” and I often felt that the piece focused too heavily on his trauma as opposed to his creative ingenuity. With this show, we have the opportunity to redefine these narratives about black musicians, to tell our own stories, and to see black music as a celebration of life. Read Full Review Here.
Isis Davis-Marks is a freelance writer and artist from New York City. Her work has also appeared in Artsy, Smithsonian Magazine, Elephant, the Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. She enjoys exploring the intersection between art, text and philosophy in her work.
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