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Sadie Barnette Gets Glittery Pink for Politics and Black Power
When Bubblegum pink and holographic, sparkly car paint rule black politics.
Entertainment 26 Jan 2019

Up and coming artist Sadie Barnette gets all glittery pink for her political art show, which is on during black history month in February, on view at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco.

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Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Sound system), 2018. Metal flake on found objects. 
Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery. Photo courtesy Charlie James Gallery.

The show, entitled Phone Home, centers in on black power, politics and “celestial revelry,” according to the artist. She uses bubblegum pink and holographic, sparkly car paint for artworks centered around her upbringing in the Bay Area of California. Even with all these bejeweled offerings, which tap into Black power politics, the exhibit offers insight into her upbringing with a father who was in the Black Panthers.
“Labor work is their way to still engage in activism and service while also having stable jobs and raising a child,” she recently told NYLON.

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Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Cans), 2018. Metal flake on found cans. Courtesy of the artist.

“It was always a part of my table conversations, thinking about how things affect people in a larger context. Yourself and your job and what it’s doing for you, and always have a systemic analysis of the things that are affecting our community that are part of a larger system of oppression that needs to be addressed.”

Text by Nadja Sayej
Images via Museum of African Diaspora

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