Mission Gallery was offered the opportunity by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and their Possible Futures program, to run a second edition of the ‘Ain’t I Beautiful?’ exhibition in January of 2017. 'Ain't I Beautiful?' was a group exhibition that aimed to open a discussion and challenge what gives something the power of ‘beauty’. As written in the curatorial statement,
'At this moment in world history, people are urgently faced with re-evaluating how they identify both individually and collectively. Beauty is a concept that reaches beyond the body and can be discussed in relationship to geography, history, language, race, mental health, gender and socio-economic status in addition to physical nature.
This exhibition highlights PoC (People of Colour) and queer artists, intentionally bringing their voices to the forefront of this discussion.'
The exhibition was on view from January 20th, 2017- February 5th, 2017. Contributing artists included: Cecile Emeke, Chiizii, Emmanuel Unaji, Helmi Okpara, Joy Miessi, Nakisha Kiely, Shingi Rice, and Zeinab Saleh.
SELF CARE SKILLSHARE
As a part of the exhibition Mission Gallery organized a 'Self Care Skillshare'; a workshop day that included free workshops ranging from simple sewing, aromatherapy pillow making, poetry, trauma-informed meditation workshops, and more. There was approximately 50 people in attendance throughout the day that took part.