Blood Memories, Duo Art Exhibition Recap

For Black Americans, Generational memory is the great miracle of Pan Africanism. While many Black Americans may never know their ancestors’ names and geographic origins, many have received a wealth of cultural memory passed down for generations. A wide array of distinct African traditions have driven the Black community forward in the face of decades of systematic oppression in America. This magic isn’t a mistake or a happy coincidence. The passing down and celebration of African memory is our birthright. Blood Memories: Celestial Reflections of Our Ancestors celebrates the wonder of African beauty, and survival, in America. 

Blood Memories ran from August 13 – October 2, 2021, in the Anacostia Arts Center at 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020


Opening Reception Recap


Muhammad’s series of work featured in Blood Memories centers on collage. Collaging reminds him of his ancestor’s ability to create new ways of existing from disparate sources. While ties to their indigenous homes were broken, they blended their knowledge and skills in a new world to survive and persevere. Collage fuses various repurposed material, each with a distinct meaning, combined to create new connections and meanings that captivate and engage the mind.