The Emancipation of QuiQui
October 20th - November 16th, 2022
630 Flushing Ave, Bed-Stuy NY
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Multidisciplinary and multi-hyphenated artist, Quiana Parks channels her life's lessons from past experiences and the people who inspired and guided her to her success. Expressed through 13 works, Quiana gives a glimpse into her most intimate moments like battling lymphoma, her family’s influence, identifying as queer and her strong religious beliefs.
This exhibition The Emancipation of QuiQui serves as a retrospective of her life, both the successes and the failures; the joys and the pain; the turmoil and the peace. Growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, Quiana was influenced by her mother, grandparents and their devout Christian beliefs. The spirituality that she developed as a child still plays an important role in her work today. The power and presence of a strong female also dominate Quiana’s works. It depicts the significance of her mother and grandmother's role in her life. Quiana stated “With my grandmother’s hand still in my life and as I grow wiser, I know to not only embrace the good in my life, but to also do shadow work”.
Parks is no stranger to adversity and has survived life's toughest battles such as surviving cancer, which led her to understand the importance of authenticity. This awakening would begin the evolution of Quiana Parks and ultimately lead to her Emancipation. When asked what she wants people to take away after seeing this show Quiana exclaimed, "I want a young person to walk in my exhibition and understand that failure does not mean the end. Painting is where God is leading me, so I have had to break away from other people’s expectations for me and stand in my truth”.
This exhibition also serves as an ode to the Black experience, our spirituality, our legacy - as well as artistic architects such as Pablo Picasso, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Hammons, Frida Kahlo, and Christian Marclay, to name a few. Quiana has poured herself into a body of work that is both layered, complex, and full of contradiction. A true sampling of life and her life’s experiences painted in truth. Get acquainted with the resilient makings of Quiana Parks!
630 Flushing ave, Brooklyn
630 FLushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Hours: Saturday 12-6pm & By appointment