Alisha B. Wormsley became inspired to curate the salon series after discovering experimental filmmaking West Africa. In 2013, the series originally focused on non-traditional and black diaspora film. Since its creation, afronaut(a) has expanded to what Wormsley calls “an exploration in film and inspiration to artists.” The series challenges audiences’ perception of traditional film by providing a broader collection of screenings, along with discussions, and performances. “We’re trying to show them films they would otherwise never see,” she says.
Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with a number of awards and grants to support programs: afronaut(a) film and performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (recently received the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN video art series, There Are Black People in the Future body of work, and her collaborative works with Lisa Harris in Studio Enertia. These projects and works have exhibited widely. Namely, the Andy Warhol Museum, Octavia Butler conference at Spelman University, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Inkanyiso in Johannesburg SA, HTMLES in Montreal, Project Row House, the Houston Art League, Rush Art gallery in NY, and the Charles Wright museum in Detroit. Over the next year, she will complete a MFA in film and video at Bard College. A number of public art projects debut in 2017, namely, August Wilson Park, Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art, ArtUp South Africa at the Mattress Factory, and Pittsburgh’s Market Square.
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