Yellow as survival tool
Brightness for the melanin skin in a sea of whiteness.
Bright for living.
Bright for strength.
Bright for power.
Bright for caution.
Bright for those who are no longer with us.
Bright for love & feeling loved.
Bright for the sun.
Bright for the complexities of blackness.
Bright for preserving our stories.
Bright for support & safety & care.
Bright for sweetness during the hardest times.
Bright for chosen family.
Bright for making.
Bright for us all being mixed up.
Bright for feeling supported.
Bright for anger & for resisting.
Bright for all the incredible work Q.T.P.O.C. (Queer, Trans, People of Color) are doing right now, they are doing all the work. Bright for the mothers resisting and the youth resisting.
Bright for the fact that we are dying everyday & bright for the folks fighting against the system.
Bright for safe spaces.
Bright for queering it all, all the time.
Bright for feeling rested.
Bright for recording & archiving the stories of black and brown bodies.
Bright for knowing those stories by heart.
Bright for telling those stories to our future generations.
Bright for living in a world that is hard to live in.
Bright for this future universe, that is now.
As bright as yellow.
Deli Gallery is pleased to announce AS BRIGHT AS YELLOW by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. The exhibition contains a new series of works where the artist imagines a future universe, a bright future, a shining state, where queer, trans, people of color are at the forefront of our thoughts- where we all feel supported, where fighting for justice is a part of our every move.
A performance and talk by the artist will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 7:00PM.
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (b. 1993) is an artist, activist, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She received her BFA from California College of the Arts. Branfman-Verissimo has exhibited nationally and internationally at Betti Ono Gallery (Oakland, CA), Deli Gallery (Queens, NY), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), Osaka Art University (Osaka, JP), Wave Pool Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica, CA) and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA). She is the co-founder and lead curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery she started in her home kitchen.