THE BOOM RESIDENCY
Artists Image Resource and BOOM Concepts have initiated a residency project designed to allow artists to access the Artists Image Resource studio to develop and create new work. The initial artists involved include Darrell Kinsel, Bekezela Mguni and Quaishawn Whitlock and the initial projects were stimulated by work on the Golden Cage Portfolio.
D.S. Kinsel is an artist, art educator and co-founder of BOOM Concepts, a gallery, art and activist hub. BOOM Concepts is, Kinsel explains, “dedicated to the development of artists and creative entrepreneurs representing marginalized communities.” Kinsel and his BOOM family and friends have created a space with a focus on intersectionality beyond representation, a space of caring, celebration and love for under-recognized artists in the Pittsburgh region. https://www.boomuniverse.co/
Quaishawn Whitlock is an interdisciplinary Artist, educator and business owner working out of Pittsburgh PA. His work is about the discovery, identity, representation, and struggle of Blackness (the physical, mental, and emotional identity of the black body). Whitlock's practice often involves printmaking; specifically screen printing and relief processes. Printmaking serves as a language for research and discovery and lends itself perfectly to experimentation and provides an accessibility to an experiential understanding of the work.
Bekezela Mguni: www.bekezelamguni.com
BEKEZELA MGUNI is a radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme. She believes that the collective sharing of knowledge, beauty and inspiration is a part of life’s purpose and brings that intentional spirit to her work. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, she immigrated to New York at the age of 11 and lived in the Caribbean neighborhoods bustling in the hearts of Brooklyn and Queens before coming to Pittsburgh.