Group show “agency” to honor Black History and Women’s History months

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Catalina Aranguren, founder of Walk-Bye by Argia Photography, brings her latest community art installation to life in partnership with the Jersey City Public Library.

The group show exhibition “agency” will showcase original work by New Jersey artists with an unveiling at the Five Corners Library at 4 p.m. on March 1.

The show, inspired by Black History Month and Women’s History Month, displays New Jersey artists’ representation of “agency” and embraces intersectionality in community.

Using photography, poetry, paint and Legos, the artists explore the individual’s intrinsic agency, or belief in self and awareness of one’s rights and power within.

The library, through Walk Bye, asked the artists to consider the ability to affect one’s life by having power to make choices, resist oppression, and have an iron will to gain freedom.

To further explore the theme, both Jersey City poet laureates, Rashad Wright and Rescue Poetix, were invited to include a poem.

This show marks the second time that Walk-Bye has been able to financially compensate the chosen artists, thanks to the generosity of the show’s sponsor.

The artists featured are Andre Veloux, Catalina Aranguren, Cheryl Gross, Jennifer Brown, Laurie Newman, Lawrence Ciarallo, Lorenzo Pickett, Santiago Cohen, and Vincent Bush.

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