Christie's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) group, in partnership with visionary curator Destinee Ross-Sutton, is proud to present the second edition of Say It Loud: Visionaries of Self, from 5-19 August at our New York galleries. This year, Say It Loud: Visionaries of Self will feature 32 works by exceptional Black artists consisting of predominantly figural works, presented in an online auction format with 100% of proceeds going directly to the artists and their representatives. A portion of remitted proceeds will go toward funding the BLACK ARTIST COLLECTIVE, a foundation founded by co-curator Destinee Ross-Sutton to help promote and support in particular young and emerging African and LGTBQ+ artists of colour.
This next iteration showcases an exceptional international mix of returning talent—Nelson Makamo, Khari Turner, Joshua Michael Adokuru, Isshaq Ismail and The Love Child—alongside a new selection of 17 emerging and established mid-career artists such as Gherdai Hassell, Sarah Dahir, Hebru Brantley, Johnson Eziefula and acclaimed artist Zanele Muholi. This tightly-curated grouping unites a rich diversity of individual voices, creative practice and myriad cultural and social experiences through stimulating renderings of the human form.
‘Continuing the contextualization of this narrative allows us to explore the momentum created with last year’s show—yet, with a focus on the artists’ humanity and perspectives, elevating it beyond the potential “constraints” of the concept of Blackness. In turn, this view of Self centers the artist. As we do better in leveling the playing field, the importance of living artists being given the space to safely explore the full scope their humanity in multiple aspects becomes paramount. Black Artists exist beyond and in some cases in spite of their Blackness.’ —Destinee Ross-Sutton