Black Life: Ashara Ekundayo

Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil


Curator, cultural strategist, and organizer Ashara Ekundayo presents Riot Babies, a multisensory soundtrack through a political lens of “Loving Blackness.” Ekundayo explores civil uprising, cultural belonging, and spiritual practice by juxtaposing recorded stories, music, and images from her hometown of Detroit and her chosen home in Oakland, plus some spaces in between.

Ashara Ekundayo is a creative industries entrepreneur and consultant working internationally across arts, community, government, and social innovation spaces. Through her consulting company AE Creative, she designs and manages multidimensional projects and fosters collaborative relationships through the use of mindfulness, permaculture principles, and creative arts practice. In December 2017 she opened Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, which exclusively features the artwork of black womxn and women of the African diaspora to investigate and inspire social and spiritual inquiry at the nexus of fact, the black feminist imaginary, and Afrofuturism through visual and performance exhibition.