AFFIRMING EXISTENCE THROUGH ART
Laurel Book Store: 11am—12pm

When the mainstream media relinquishes its large-scale opportunity to present images in an artistic and inclusive manner, opting instead for an exclusionary and skewed narrative, how can artists reaffirm their place on this planet in a way that challenges humanity to fight for equity and truth? Four artists will share their answers to this question.

IAN DAVIS is a photographer from Oakland, California. He discovered the world of black and white film in 2001 while using his father’s Pentax K1000. Ian’s work has been featured in the SFMOMA, SF WeeklyDiablo Magazine, and various album covers by independent recording artists across the Bay Area.

ZAKIYA HARRIS is a changemaker working at the intersections of entrepreneurship, education, and creative transformation. Zakiya is a cofounder of nationally recognized projects Impact Hub Oakland, Grind for the Green, Hack The Hood, Earthseed Consulting, and a fellow of Green For All and Bold Food.

KAREN SENEFERU is a self-taught artist that was born and raised in Oakland, California. Senferu created a new art form called Technokisi, which alters and speaks to the ancient form of the Nkisi through a new and innovative work of art. She teaches at Berkeley City College.

DOM JONES (moderator) is an American born African singer/songwriter, emcee/poet, author, orator, and vocal producer from Oakland, California. She has shared stages with Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Goapele, Dead Prez, and President Barack Obama. Dom is the founder of multi-media company Dom Empire and its music subsidiary Dom Jones Music.