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Jay Simple and Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹ̀sà

Artists in Conversation

February 8, 2022

Join Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹ̀sà, Head Revolutionary In Charge of a BLACK creative’s guide, in conversation with Jay Simple, Founder of the Photographer’s Green Book.  Arẹ̀sà and Simple will discuss the work of a BLACK creative’s guide through their interventions within cultural institutions, ways of fostering community by taking up space, and the experience of being black while creative.

Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹs̀à is a multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator. Born and raised in New Orleans, Ifátùmínínú suppressed her creative side for a decade before moving to Tanzania where she was reborn.  She continues to actively work across the diaspora by building and maintaining relationships in the Motherland.

Ifátùmínínú is the Founder and Head Revolutionary in Charge of a monthly meet up for melanated folks entitled “a BLACK creative’s guide” in which BLACK people convene in art institutions, take up space and have relaxed discourse about art from THEIR perspective. The organization’s ultimate goal is for the GLOBAL LIBERATION of BLACK PEOPLE through arts and culture.

Ifátùmínínú is an ordained and trained Traditional West Afrikan Ifá Priest who considers her artwork an extension of her spiritual work.  As such, she expresses herself and her identity through her Ancestors which manifests in all her endeavors.  You can find out more about her at www.ifatumininu.com.

Jay Simple is a son, a brother, a father, a friend, an artist, an activist, and a scholar led by his ancestors and Allah. He was born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia, where he currently resides. He is black and his life is eternal and multidimensional.

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