"Ain't going to tell you no story, Ain't going to tell you no lie" by Jamilla Okubo


Opening Reception

Thursday, May 16th 2019 from 8pm - 11pm.

1402 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002, 8pm - 11pm

On View: May 16th 2019 - June 7th 2019


Mehari Sequar Gallery is pleased to announce our inaugural exhibition exhibition showcasing the mixed media works of Jamilla Okubo.

The artworks in “Ain't going to tell you no story, Ain't going to tell you no lie” explores the folklore and proverbs of daily life in Black America. Experiential context sets the stage of Okubo’s paintings, with imagery that offers partial view of protected spaces where tales and talk circulated, enabling the passing on of wisdom through stories.

 About Jamilla Okubo

Born and raised in Washington, DC, of African-American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian descent, Okubo graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, before continuing her studies at Parsons the New School for Design. As a visual artist, surface designer, and illustrator, her work has consistent themes that explore the intricacy of belonging to an American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian identity. She aims to use her interdisciplinary concentration as a medium to weave together stories of the African diaspora. Okubo’s art practice takes on ways to document and archive stories, moments, and ways of expression.

Okubo currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Okubo has recently collaborated with Christian Dior on their Lady Bag Project. She has also illustrated a children’s book with Shout Mouse Press, collaborated with The Line Hotel on a public art project. Currently on display “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” is a 20-foot interactive and third dimensional installation, located in Hudson Yards New York.