IMAGES & WORDS: ELIJAH STEVENS '15
Last week, Be the Art was presented in the Zelnick Pavilion as part of their annual student-curated exhibition show. The show aimed to celebrate and raise awareness of artists of color at Wesleyan by creating a space for the expression and visualization of artists of color and their works in a world - both Wesleyan and beyond - in which they are so often underrepresented. The show presented a range of visual works, from photographs and collages to paintings and drawings, and more, drawn from many students of color across campus. The show also had a performance component, presented by Ladies First, led by Monique Siaw and Rajaa Elidrissi, a student group that "aims to provide creative spaces for women to bond and express themselves." In the performance, women of color stood at the windows of Zelnick, their bodies covered in metallic paint, gesturing outward to the passerby and the broader world. While so many students on campus produce creative works, and this time of year is especially full of exhibitions and performances of such pieces, the Be the Art show provided a critical and powerful presentation of student of color artworks.