”The Eighth Fire” Channels Afro-Indigenous Art and Thought

Contact: Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 510-926-4022415-846-7758 (cell)

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – “The Eighth Fire,” described by as “a prophetic collaborative experience of 3 multimedia artists channeling the roots of Afro Indigenous thought and art” and inspired by the legacy of the Black Panther Party, is now open at the Greenlining 360 Center in downtown Oakland. The exhibit, co-curated by artists Camille Safiya and Tayyibah Hasan, is the latest part of The Greenlining Institute’s effort to make its space a center for activism, collaboration and art.

The exhibit will be open to the public every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m., from now through Sept. 12 at the Greenlining 360 Center at 360 14th Street in downtown Oakland.

“The Eighth Fire” features the work of three artists:

Camille Safiya is a visual/performance artist born in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. She was born to an Afro-Indigenous tribe from the the Caribbean island of Quisqueya, aka the Dominican Republic. Her father’s Afro-Cuban drumming roots raised her around deep Yoruba culture which reflects throughout her work.

Tayyibah Hasan, an Oakland resident originally from Capital Heights, Maryland, works as a painter, curator, & expressive arts therapist in the Bay Area. As an artist and practitioner, Tayyibah honors the roots of a person as the site of creative manifestation.

Xiomara Grace, a Berkeley-born musician & artist who works to serve the people through activism and creative expression in the form of sonic, and visual Afro-surrealism. Her Afro-Latino, & Mexican roots drive her art.

“Art has long played vital role in activism, especially for communities of color,” said Greenlining Institute President Orson Aguilar. “Given the local reality of nonprofits and artists being displaced due to gentrification and soaring rents, we’re proud to host the work of local diverse artist activists and give them exposure to the broader Oakland public, beyond the hundreds who visit our building every week for events and meetings.”

WHAT: “The Eighth Fire” exhibit

WHERE: The Greenlining 360 Center, 360 14th Street, Oakland

WHEN: Every Tuesday3-7 p.m., now through Sept. 12


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