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The art show “Black Before I Was Born” opened at Roots 101 African American Museum in Louisville in February. But it shut down about two weeks later due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The exhibition’s curator, multimedia artist Ashley Cathey, said the work by the Black artists, most of whom live in Louisville, was too important not to be seen.
“We were basically discussing how we address being Black on a daily basis, and how that shapes our lives, how we also don’t have a lot of control over that narrative as far as how people see us, this happened before we existed,” Cathey said.
In the case of Cathey’s work displayed in the show, she said it’s about the “weaponization” of her skin.
“For some reason, when you look at me, you see a gun, you see a threat, but I’m just skin and flesh and organs like anyone else,” she said. “Unfortunately because I was Black before I was born, I walk into a space and I’m Black before then.”
With the work sitting in the gallery, unable to have an audience, Cathey decided to create a virtual reality experience of the exhibition. That …
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