The Digital Diaspora is a Juneteenth art exhibition, public installation, and fundraising auction centered around the works of the most celebrated Black artists in NFTs. Now in its second year, the Digital Diaspora aims to bring awareness to issues of racism and inequality, while highlighting the beauty of the art birthed from these ever-present struggles. In highlighting, light is shed on the humanity of those often overlooked, the same ones who have consistently shaped art and culture around the world. The Digital Diaspora is both a full acknowledgment of their existence but a celebration of all that has been crafted from it through art.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Over four hundred years ago, the ancestors of today's Black Americans were ripped from their homeland and forced to build America. Three years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed all enslaved people in the South, those enslaved in Galveston Texas were finally set free. June 19th,1865 is the day that all Black americans were set free from slavery.
The effects of slavery and displacement of Black people affected not only America, as all across the globe Black people suffer different forms of racism, discrimination, and abuse. Despite having the backs of the world turned against them, they have created art that has inspired and moved culture all across the world. Driven by both the pain and celebration of their existence the art of Black people bears witness to all they have endured, overcome and created in the wake of it all.
The Digital Diaspora is an art show that celebrates Black culture and the people who design it, elevating voices that often go unheard and giving a platform to those less seen. By displaying and celebrating the artists chosen and through the charity selected, we push forward to design and build a future that truly welcomes Black art in its truest form.
Diana Sinclair & DrifterShoots