All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party - International Impact

Panel with Yadesa Bojia, Ayana V. Jackson, and Robert V. Wade

Sunday, April 22, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 pm

Frye Auditorium

A panel discussion examining the international impact of the aesthetic legacies of the Black Panther Party with artists Yadesa Bojia, Ayana V. Jackson, and Robert V. Wade, moderated by Negarra A. Kudumu, Frye Art Museum Manager of Public Programs.

This panel is part of a 3-part discussion series examining the ongoing impact of the Black Panther Party’s aesthetic legacies internationally, nationally, and here in Seattle. Featured speakers include artists and activists Royal Alley-Barnes, Endia Beal, Yadesa Bojia, Councilman Larry Gossett, Ayana V. Jackson, and Robert Wade.

Sunday, April 22, 2 pm: International Impact, moderated by Negarra A. Kudumu, Frye Art Museum Manager of Public Programs

Saturday, May 19, 2 pm: National Impact, a conversation

Saturday, June 9, 2 pm: Local Impact, moderated by Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director & Curator of Photographic Center Northwest

This series was organized in collaboration with Photographic Center Northwest and is in conjunction with its exhibition All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party, which runs from April 20 – June 10, 2018.

Yadesa Bojia was born in Ethiopia, and immigrated to the United States in 1995. In Seattle, Bojia studied Graphic Design at Seattle Central Design Academy and earned a BA in Visual Communication from Seattle Pacific University. In 2007, African leaders decided to launch a competition for the best new African Union flag design. A panel of experts chose Bojia’s design out of 106 entries from candidates worldwide. Bojia believes his work is the bi-product of the cultural differences he enjoyed while living in Addis Ababa and Seattle. He also believes artists have a unique opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to work for justice and equality and communicating that to their communities. Yadesa Bojia lives in Shoreline, WA with his wife and two children.

Ayana V. Jackson (b. 1977, Livingston, NJ) has exhibited her work in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her photography has been featured in various publications, including the 2013 exhibition catalog for Poverty Pornography & Archival Impulse, produced as a collaborative effort between her Paris and Johannesburg galleries; the 2006 exhibition catalog for her series African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth, produced in collaboration with writer/filmmaker Marco Villalobos; and the academic journals n.paradoxa and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Columbia University. She has been highlighted in notable art magazines such as Art South Africa, Art + Auction, Camera Austria, Afrique in Visu, Proximo Futuro/Next Future and the Netherlands-based ZAM magazine. Jackson is based between Johannesburg, New York, and Paris. She is represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Seattle.

Robert Wade (b. 1945, Los Angeles) lived in northern and southern California during most of the 1970s and 1980s before arriving in Seattle in 1989. He holds a BA in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles, and an MA in communication from Stanford University. As an active volunteer in the arts, Robert is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. Past volunteer activities include six years at president of the Contemporary Art Council of the Seattle Art Museum, three years as a board member of the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Seattle, and two years as a board member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra.

Lewis Watts. Graffiti, 1993. West Oakland

Ticketing Policies

Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be picked up at the desk in the foyer outside the Auditorium thirty minutes prior to the start of the program. There is no late seating, so please arrive early.

As a special benefit, Frye members may reserve free tickets in advance to guarantee seating. To reserve, call 206 432 8289 or email at least two days prior to the event. Each member may reserve two tickets and may claim their tickets one hour prior to the start of the program.