Origins & Resistance by Antoinette Ellis-Williams


originally published: 01/17/2022

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) — The Visual Arts Gallery at New Jersey City University present TO BURN: Origins & Resistance by Antoinette Ellis-Williams from January 31 to March 3, 2022. This is a multidisciplinary project that rethinks and explores the many ways in which black women experience “Burn” (unemployment, appropriation, layoff, isolation, gentrification, cooptation, physical and sexual abuse, exploitation, etc.) and simultaneously their unique agency to set things on “Fiya” (aka fire) and heal.

During his sabbatical from the NJCU in the fall of 2020, Antoinette Ellis-Williams began ethnographic research by interviewing 14 women, created new works of visual and literary art to develop multimedia installations. Using the gender theories of intersectionality, black feminism and healing paradigms, the BURN Project unpacks and explores some of the historical, socio-political, economic and cultural contexts in which black women suffer from “burns” at grassroots, national and global. All viewers are invited to tap into an individual memory of pain and recovery through personal engagement with the work.

There will be an artist talk on February 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (in person and online; details to come).

Dr. Ellis-Williams is a Jamaican-born mixed media artist, poet, playwright, filmmaker and minister. She is the author of Black Gardenias: A Collection of Poems, Stories and Sayings. His solo piece Scarf notebooks premiered at NJPAC in 2017. Her documentary film, Lee Hagan: connecting the generations (2016) won Best Documentary Short at the Newark Black Film Festival. Dr. Ellis-Williams is a sought-after international speaker. His TEDx talk, “Finding Justice in the Land of the Free” (2015) attempted to expose her immigration status in America. As a visual artist, she has recently exhibited at Akwaaba Gallery, Bridge Art Gallery, Newark Museum of Art, Prizm Art Fair in Miami along with Calabar Gallery. Dr. Ellis-Williams received her Ph.D. in public policy and urban and regional planning at Cornell University and is a professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of New Jersey City.

the The Visual Arts building, lower level, is located on the 100 Culver Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment. All visitors and members of the university community visiting the NJCU Galleries are required to wear a mask indoors and be prepared to show your proof of vaccination or negative test results (within the last 72 hours) at the staff at all times during the visit. within the last 72 hours (children aged 2 to 12 are not required to show proof). View Protocols

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IMAGE: (from left to right): red sister reflecting; Sister of Orange Leaves; Fight the Power Sister, 2020, digital collage on canvas. All artwork © 2020 Antoinette Ellis-Williams

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