Oakland Voices Alumna’s Hannah Moore’s Curation at EastSide Arts

An art exhibit with silhouettes of African American women on display.
“Spiritual Technologies,” a small art exhibit curated by Oakland Voices alumna Hannah Moore, is on display at the Eastside Arts Alliance.

The space at EasSide Arts Alliance became a place for acknowledging the act of ritual and worship beginning September 17, with the opening night of “Spiritual Technologies.” In the center of the wide open space, a projector played a scene of hair being braided called Raizes Mapas—Root Maps—by Brazilian artist Helen Salomao, a contribution to the “Spiritual Technologies” exhibit. 

The routine of braiding hair, which seems mundane, is actually a ritual, explains curator and Oakland Voices alumna Hannah Moore, aka Cali Cowrie. “Spiritual Technologies” is Moore’s first art exhibit curation. “This whole exhibit is a reflection of my own spiritual process and practice,” Moore says. “It’s how we are in good relation and in good character with the world.”  

An African American woman with braids and glasses smiles for camera inside an art building
Photo courtesy of Hannah Moore.

Reminiscent of getting one’s hair braided the night before picture day in school, the display shows parallels that ritual is the preparation of self for how to be presented to the world. 

The small exhibit features four artists: Rafa Black and Helen Salomao of São Paulo; as well as Oakland artists Ave-Ameenah and Shani Ealey. Each artist brings their loose interpretation of a technology that moves their spirit. Included are paintings of tarot cards as representations of spiritual technology for reading the world, and Yoruba renderings called “ori” which translates to “the head,” for perceiving the world. 

The display blends into the communal space of EastSide Arts, making visitors look closer at the works of the artists. The exhibit will be on display at Eastside Arts Alliance at 2277 International Boulevard in Oakland though October 22, 2021.

EastSide Arts Alliance is also home to the “Beloved: An Insistence,” a project and mural supported by Regina Evans and Amara Tabor Smith, in the fight against sex trafficking.

About Brandy Collins

Brandy Collins is a writer and public services advocate born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a 2019-2020 cohort graduate from the Maynard Institute for Journalism, a correspondent for Oakland Voices, a blogger and the funny one in numerous group chats. She is concerned with civic engagement and leadership development toward making public works more efficient for the people. Brandy is full of Scorpio magic and self-proclaimed Professional Aunty. Follow her on Twitter @msbrandycollins or Instagram @story_soul_collecter. View all posts by Brandy Collins →

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