Hear Her Here is an archival sound work and installation, commissioned by For Freedoms, that celebrates oral tradition and Black femme community building at the intersection of creative autonomy. This artifact and installation was premiered in May 2022 at the Hear Her Here listening party at the Byrd Museum in LA.
Featuring sound design by DJ Kikelomo and Naj Whitehead, the artifact honors For Freedom’s inaugural cohort of artists and the creative community they collectively built through the Hear Here Here initiative. It stars five fine artists whose works live as murals throughout LA’s traditionally Black neighborhoods, and the fifteen Hear Hear Here cohort of emerging multi-disciplinary Black femme artists; weaving through themes of belonging, defiance, legacy, being and dreaming. The Black Discourse archivist team explored over 10+ hours of private salon conversation to produce a 5 chapter sonic collage.
We invite you to digest the words and stories of the next generation of Black femme artists.
Maya Mansour, Kalena Yiaueki, Elyse Thoms, Da'Shaunae Marisa, Endiya Griffin, April Bey , Our Ancestors, Samone Kidane, Tuesday Foster, Makeena Rivers, Lauren Todd, Ciara Keane, Brianna Mims, Hana Ward, Converse, Helina Metaferia, Mckayla Chandler, Senya Clark, Jo Siri, MarlIze Duncan, Adee Roberson, Michon Sanders, For Freedoms, Byrd Museum