I’ve been thinking about land as a marker for culture and cultural tradition; oral history, what we pass down, the transference of time and space. The stories I am drawn to remind me of home... or the feeling of home. Of places I have or have not experienced for myself. Places that were political simply by existing. These places have helped me to document my family and myself.
pt. 2: Oakland is pleased to present wes’onah, a solo exhibition of paintings by Saif Senussi Azzuz. Starting with stories by, of, and for family members, Azzuz constructs spaces utilizing colorful ink and acrylic paint on tapestry-like canvas imbuing the work with the washy luminosity and gentle disquiet of dreams. Through self-defined symbolism communicating ideas such as movement, energy and time, Azzuz works to acknowledge and validate generational trauma, resilience, land, and story.