Western New England University art exhibition celebrates Black History Month

Hampden County

A local university is celebrating Black History Month with a thought-provoking art exhibition.

Western New England University hosted a community conversation Thursday night at the St. Germain Campus Center. The topic was “Suicide Girl and Her Nine Sisters” and its themes.

In the exhibit, artist and Agawam resident Imo Nse Imeh retells the story of a 1907 British children’s book about racist stereotypes about black children.

His drawings feature present-day black girls in various states of danger.

Gallery curator Patricia Jenks told 22News, “This event for Black History Month is a little different, the sort of controversial nature of this exhibition, so he wanted to have a community conversation about race.”

“Suicide Girl and Her Nine Sisters” will be on display in the Western New England University art gallery until February 28.

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