IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ikouii Celebrates Black History Month With VISIBILITY: A Selection Of Black Deaf & Disabled Performance Artists

ATLANTA, GA. January 22, 2021 – Opening February, Ikouii will celebrate Black History Month with VISIBILITY; a virtual exhibition featuring a global selection of Black Deaf and Disabled Performance Artists. Each artist featured is not only celebrating culture and exploring identity, they are also innovating, educating, and creating space to inspire new realities and ways to move forward.

Curated by Ikouii Founder, Aleatha Lindsay, the virtual exhibition aims to celebrate the aesthetic sensibility of the black disabled community, showcasing performance arts as a vehicle for producing raw and exciting new narratives of acceptance and adaptation.

Exhibiting artists include sought after Nigerian-born performance artist, Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, whose work looks at the transition of black women and their identity within culture from colonized subjects to emancipated figures. Global Deaf Ambassador, Chris Fonseca is an accomplished professional dancer and choreographer who “captures the emotion of the moment in a unique and physical flow of tension and release to create something meaningful and positive”. Antoine Hunter is an award-winning internationally known black, indigenous, deaf choreographer, dancer, actor, who founded the Urban Jazz Dance Company and Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival.

Also exhibiting is Founder of Krip-Hop Nation and National Black Disability, Leroy F. Moore, an activist known for his pioneering contributions in the advancement of black disabled arts. Founder of Abilities Dance, Ellice Patterson is committed to disrupting antiquated ableist beliefs and disseminating the value of inclusion through dance.  Syrus Marcus Ware, a black, transgender, disabled artist, activist and scholar, is a core-team member of Black Lives Matter Toronto. Lizzie Emeh is an award-winning singer-songwriter who describes her sound as “eclectic with lots of soul”, she made history as the first solo artist with a learning disability to release an album of original songs in the UK.

VISIBILITY: A Selection of Black Deaf and Disabled Performance Artists opens virtually on Friday, February 5th at 12pm Eastern. It will be available for public viewing at Ikouii.com. In addition to the virtual exhibition, Ikouii will host LIVE studio visits on Instagram with the featured artists throughout the month of February. Please check our social media and website for full schedule.

Exhibiting Artists:

Lizzie Emeh

Chinasa Vivian Ezugha

Chris Fonseca

Antoine Hunter

Leroy F. Moore

Ellice Patterson

Syrus Marcus Ware

Curator:

Aleatha Lindsay

VISIBILITY: A Selection of Black Deaf & Disabled Performance Artists

February 5, 2021 12PM

Ikouii.com

FREE for everyone

Suggested Donation $5

Captioned for the Deaf/HOH.

Transcribed for the Visually Impaired.

To arrange a conversation with Curator, Aleatha Lindsay or anyone involved with this cultural celebration, or to arrange for media access for event, contact General Manager, Lisa Hamilton at 404.642.3525 or info@ikouii.com

ABOUT THE IKOUII CREATIVE

The Ikouii Creative is a disability-led organization committed to providing opportunities and support for artists with disabilities as well as transforming cultural institutions into an engaging and meaningful space for all visitors.

The Ikouii Creative serves artists worldwide, in countries including the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Israel, and India. The organization offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to amplify its impact in the arts sector.

ABOUT ALEATHA LINDSAY

Aleatha Lindsay is an Atlanta based award-winning multi-disciplinary artist, independent curator, disability advocate, and published author. She is a graduate of Georgia State University, Russell Sage College, as well as Savannah College of Art & Design where she holds a Master of Arts in Creative Business Leadership. Trained in classical ballet since the age of 7, she studied Dance Movement Therapy in Corfu, Greece under the direction of Dr. Danielle L. Fraenkel. After completing her studies, she went on to pursue posts in the mental health, arts community development, and special education arenas. She has held curatorial and leadership roles at several arts organizations in the metro Atlanta area including Kudzu Art Zone, Art Center and Gallery.

Deaf from the age of 2, she credits her early exposure to the arts with helping her overcome the challenges related to her disability. Her work has been purchased by collectors nationally and exhibited in Atlanta, New York, Spain, Morocco, and Norway.

Lindsay is the Founder and Curator of The Ikouii Creative, an organization that supports artists with disabilities globally and assists organizations in adopting more inclusive attitudes.

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Photo: Artist, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha of UK/Nigeria, by Rosie Cooper