“I Am Your Sister,” a photo essay exhibit by Savannah native Ana Agüero Jahannes, will be on display March 2-26 at the Savannah State University Social Sciences Building Art Gallery as part of National Women’s History Month. A pair of opening receptions are planned from 11 a.m. to noon and 7 to 8 p.m., March 2.
Curated by retired art professor and artist Clara Agüero, the exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It features 18- inch-by-24-inch color photographs of women of color in elegant headpieces and other body adornments designed by Jahannes, who named the exhibit after an essay by author Audre Lorde.
“While each queen maintains her own glorious uniqueness, altogether they embody a large community of intersecting identities that share perspectives in the struggles against patriarchy, heterosexism, homophobia, racism and other forms of oppression,” Jahannes said. “We don’t have energy to waste on negativity. Our barriers lie not in our differences, but in our willingness to see our common struggles, and ourselves in each other.”
Known in the art community as “Hamaje,” Jahannes is a graduate of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, where she was named a Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholar for academic achievement, leadership and community service. Though she studied many disciplines, Jahannes’ primary focus is on black-andwhite photography, digital photography, drawing, graphic design and dance performance. She also developed the arts workshop “Critical Culture” for high school students.
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