Artist Angela Franklin recently brought the African American experience in America to Abu Dhabi. Her textile/mixed media works can be seen now until March 15 at Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. On display is a diverse group of women artists from Algeria, USA, Syria, Jordan and the UAE.
In an online statement, Franklin has said of her approach to her work, ?In the world today, for some people there is a perception that events, mentalities, movements, challenges or monumental tragedies are specific to that region of the world or that city only. However, as Martin Luther King, Jr., said: Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.?
She went on to say, ?I have learned first-hand that issues of self-identity, racism, self-awareness, nationhood, oppression, etc., move fluidly across borders of time and space and we can often find their origins in a shared history.?
According to Black News.com, Franklin?s recent exhibits include Voices of Women, Dakar Biennale-Off site in April-May 2016 in Dakar, Senegal and in June-July. 2016 along with 42 other artists she was selected to participate in The Holy City: Art of Love, Unity and Resurrection Exhibition. Curated by Torreah Washington, this tribute exhibition was organized to honor the victims and survivors of the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre in 2015 in Charleston.