17-year-old prodigious artist and activist Diana Sinclair is commemorating Juneteenth — the annual holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States — with the curation of an art exhibition, public installation and NFT auction fundraiser in New York City, titled The Digital Diaspora, dedicated to Black artists around the world.
In partnership with Towards Utopia, a trans-feminist, anti-racist organization focused on art and education, Sinclair has produced a weekend-packed program, starting with an in-person launch event at Superchief Gallery NFT on June 19, where a select range of pieces will reside over the following weekend.
That same day, a 17-lot auction will go live on Foundation’s innovative interface, and its proceeds will benefit GLITS, an organization providing housing and support for Black trans individuals, and herstoryDAO, a collective dedicated to collecting and preserving the art of Black femmes and Black non-binary artists through NFTs. Additionally, select pieces from the exhibition will be displayed on LinkNYC screens across the city following the event.
“It’s especially appropriate for an art show promoting Black artists to be held on the day that celebrates Black freedom,” says Sinclair in a statement. “Black freedom allowed for the growth of Black art in America, yet there’s still work to be done to give more Black artists even greater exposure to a wider audience. Now we can add digital platforms and technology to our efforts to not only widen the space for Black artists, but to address the intersectional marginalization of Black people.”
Among the featured artists in the exhibition are BLACKSNEAKERS, Dada Boipele, Em0n33y, Itzel Yard aka ix shells, Ludrick J. Fortune aka Jae, Kai Morton, LATASHÁ + JAH., Lauren Washington aka Lomedia, Edwin Harmon IV aka LUZ, Lyonna Lyu ::, Nicholas-Constantine Cephas, Moonsundiamond, Serwah Attafuah, Moyosore Briggs, Tyler Givens aka tyl000rd and Yosnier.
Take a look at a few of the aforementioned artist’s works, to be featured in Sinclair’s The Digital Diaspora, in the gallery above.