Who Will Follow Will Lead: Introducing The Jelani Four Art Show
September 15, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
I, Wannaminni Studios
329 15th Street
“The pledge can only be spoken by those who will follow the lead. The words themselves hold unspeakable power. If spoken by a non-believer, the ravage of their action shall fall unto them as salt falls onto a snail. The pledge guides us into an abundant source and we take our position. From there, we are free to move as we please with the understanding that the source is an infinite guide and all our actions are one with the position we have taken. Chinwe Chi, Aka Kitsune, Zuko, Ravi and yes, myself, we have all taken the pledge.” – Master Fatimah
Who Will Follow Will Lead: Introducing The Jelani Four is an art exhibition by New York based photographer and filmmaker, Adenike Amin. The Jelani Four is a legendary female clan of trained samurai warriors whose tale begins with their fearless leader Master Fatimah, also known as Black Blood. Based on her redemption from a past life of murder and wickedness to her transformative journey of warriorship, enlightenment and Zen. Along this journey, Master Fatimah will meet Chinwe Chi, Zuko&Ravi and finally, Aka Kitsune, who all share a distress past of trauma. Master Fatimah turns their current path into one of substance, honor and Universal Truth. The Who Will Follow Will Lead exhibition aspires to bridge the gap between the elder woman and the young woman with the intention of teaching the importance of sisterhood and ‘the way of the warrior.”
Artist Adenike Amin’s monumental one-day art experience, will explore topics surrounding the rediscovery of the female spirit.
The paradox of being at once captive yet absent in discourse; constantly spoken of yet of itself inaudible or inexpressible; displayed as spectacle yet still unrepresented and unrepresentable, invisible yet constituted as the featured object; a being whose existence and specificity are simultaneously self-asserted yet socially denied.
While the role of women of African descent has changed drastically, the history of African women is sold in the package of oppression and servitude. This exhibition is a social movement redefining and reestablishing the group thought of womanhood, in particular African womanhood.