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  • Michaella Garrick, Aye, Black Girl (detail), 2022, sugarcane, wood, wire, digital prints, 96 × 96 × 4". From “Sighting Black Girlhood,” 2022.

    Michaella Garrick, Aye, Black Girl (detail), 2022, sugarcane, wood, wire, digital prints, 96 × 96 × 4". From “Sighting Black Girlhood,” 2022.

    “Sighting Black Girlhood”

    New Local Space (NLS)

    The exhibition “Sighting Black Girlhood” opened with two life-size painted portraits of Black women who commanded assembly and set the tone for the show. Tishana Fisher’s Yes, I am BLACK, 2022, portrayed a deep-brown-skinned art student, Ashtaina Stewart, in a purple ombré dress, slumped in a dresser chair in front of a rust-orange sheet. Unpoised and unbossed, she holds a brush to her hair with a limp wrist. On a nearby wall, Camille Chedda’s Portrait of a Young Artist (Abigail Sweeney), 2022, showed another Black beauty, painted in grisaille, standing tall in ripped jeans with her Rapunzel

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