April 1, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Sikelianos-Carter takes us on a journey in Femme, future-sent divinity, examining black hair as armor, weapons and symbols of royalty. These Future Ancestors are Sikelianos-Carter's response to, and escape from the many ways Black bodies are policed and dehumanized. Exploring white America's historical repulsion to Black hair and the more contemporary fetishization and appropriation of Black hairstyles within popular culture. They are the gatekeepers of rage and sadness, projections of power and freedom, cast onto an otherworldly reality.
I want to live in a world in which every micro-aggression, attack on humanity, and doubt of divinity aimed at Black Women is destroyed by aggressively Femme, future sent deities. These Goddesses are completely enveloped and adorned by magnificent cornrows, dreadlocks and twists. The hairstyles act as armor and weapon, protecting and repelling wearers from white supremacy and misogyny. These are the beings I create. My wildest dreams realized; a marriage between the spectral beings we (as Black people) can and will transform into as a result of the culture we currently live in with the majesty, magic and tradition of our ancestors. These Future Ancestors are my response to, and escape from the many ways Black bodies are policed and demonized; white america’s historical repulsion to Black hair and the more contemporary fetishization and appropriation of Black hairstyles within popular culture. They are the gatekeepers of my rage and sadness, projections of power and freedom, cast onto an otherworldly reality.
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a Queer, Black, Femme mixed-media artist who works and resides in Upstate NY. Her luminous mixed-media work envisions a speculative Afro-Futuristic world where Blackness is both the breaking open of nothingness, and the strangely familiar in its ending of colloquial Black imagery-yet densely lustrous and illegible in its gestures to a place elsewhere. In January 2018 she was awarded a Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. She has exhibited nationally at the Upstate Artists Guild, Albany; The Post Contemporary, Troy, NY; Collar Works, Troy, NY; Virago Gallery, Seattle; Concepto Gallery, Hudson, NY (upcoming 2018); Paradise Pallase, Brooklyn (upcoming 2018); and Ori Gallery, Portland, OR (upcoming 2018). She received both her Bachelors and Masters in Fine Art from SUNY Albany with a concentration in drawing and painting.