Black Life: Sasha Kelley

Join us for a special event organized by Oakland-based multidisciplinary artist Sasha Kelley as a culmination of her engagement as the Black Life series’s summer resident artist. In her artistic practice, Kelley uses photography, place making, and social practice to examine topics of Black identity, the creative practice of women of color, cooperative communities, and divine archetypes. She currently hosts and produces Club Proxii, an immersive music and interview show streaming out of Oakland’s Lower Grand Radio. Kelley asks how a contemporary archive can be experienced and felt, exploring the answer through digital and physical articulations of Club Proxii’s community.

As a social practice practitioner, Kelley, has a history of building and bridging communities to produce works centered in political, spiritual, and communal care. She understands her creative practice as a tool to connect her personal, social, and political experiences with those of the larger collective. Kelley is the cofounder of Malidoma Collective and The House of Malico, two groups centered on cultivating the brilliance within Black/brown/femme/queer creatives through public programming. Kelley has exhibited at Siete Potencias Gallery, Krowswork, and Somarts. Her work is featured in the permanent collection at BAMPFA and has been published in The Fader, Umber Magazine, and Black Futures by Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham.