Ayanna Smith is a Field Organizer and Administrator for the Georgia Chapter of We Dream In Black. She is the organizer of the “Dear Domestic Workers, Thank You” mural series celebrating the work of Dorothy Bolden and Black domestic workers in the South. Ayanna is a natural creative, mixed media visual artist, urban farmer, mother of four and born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a community movement builder, focused on social and global justice that expands the rights and capacities of Black Women, our families, and the spaces in which we live. Ayanna incorporates healing justice by creating community altars and wellness spaces for black and brown women and cultural organizing as a component of racial and social equity.
Charity Hamidullah is a culturally diverse multidisciplinary artist originally from Rochester, New York. For the past 12 years, she has lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia immersing herself in the community as a visual artist and muralist. Her work is bold, colorful and vibrant acting as a mirror to the world around. Often Hamidullah’s art is filled with dynamic portraiture, abstract, and floral elements depicted upon an array of mediums. But, no matter her canvas, pallet, or medium, Charity’s artwork is always made with love; intentionally empowering and inspiring those who witness her pieces.
Fabian Williams is a future-thinking visual and performance artist whose work explores themes of liberation, innovation, and joy despite systemic racism and oppressive forces at play in Black American life. Fayetteville, NC-born and Atlanta-based, Williams employs a broad scope of source material — commercial illustration, classic portraiture, hip hop, and civil rights iconography — to directly confront issues of race and society’s consumption and appropriation of every facet of Black culture. In much of his work, Williams often idealizes the normalization of Blackness and Black life, inspired by the realism of Caravaggio and Norman Rockwell’s depictions of Americana with a lens informed by racial, political, and socially relevant contemporary themes.
Vanna Farley is an expressionist artist born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She prefers to work with colors that are of indirect or unexpected contrast; representing different hues, values, and saturations bring them together in one place, harmoniously. The underlying concentration throughout all of her current and previous work is Harmony. How colors live together in the respective spaces… just like us human beings. The organic shapes represent how we move in space and time, how everything including nature has its place in time and space. “I discovered my love for color very young. My fondest memories are of me organizing my box set of 120-colored Crayola crayons, my mom prepping my clothes for school, and noticing how the colors were so different but complimented each other well.” Vanna is moved by the psychedelic colors of the ‘70s and how color was used watching cartoons as a kid. Those combinations help her convey what she wants to say or how she is feeling.
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