Tony Morrison's novel Paradise, inspired by the horrendous Black Wall Street bombings in Tulsa in 1921, when 3,000 Black people were massacred, prompted this installation at FiveMyles.
In the novel's Black Utopia the women are killed by the men of the town, believing them to be the cause of the town's misfortune. The victimization of women prompted the artist Jasmine Murrell to celebrate the power and strength of Black women. Her installation brings together objects, drawings and paintings the artist made during the previous year. They reference Black women as the unsung heroes of this country.
Jasmine Murrell, a native of Detroit, received an MFA from Hunter College in 2013. She has had solo exhibitions at the JRainy Gallery in Detroit, Pounder Cone Gallery in Los Angeles and Skylight Gallery in Brooklyn.