Karen Seneferu’s “The Heir Done Pulled” is a solo show that is seven years in the making at the African American Art and Cultural Complex. This is significant on multiple levels. Mrs. Seneferu is the founder and co-curator of a multi-media exhibition of over 60 Black women artists entitled “The Black Woman Is God” (TBWIG) that has garnered extreme success for the last three years, drawing attention to Black women artists who have historically been left out as prominent contributors to the art world. She is also returning to the home where TBWIG was birthed.
In 2012, Mayor London Breed was the executive director of the African American Art and Cultural Complex, ( AAACC), and Melorra Green was curator. Now, Green is not only the co-executive director of AAACC but co-curator of TBWIG. It is in the AAACC some seven years ago, both Breed and Green offered Seneferu an opportunity to have her first solo show, but she turned it down not knowing at the time, that she would be embarking on the founding of The Black Woman Is God through the first exhibition in Sargent Johnson’s Gallery in 2013.
Seneferu’s solo exhibit reflects the multifaceted journey of her as artist, curator, and educator. Through her visual language, she embodies film, assemblage, installation, drawing, sculpture, and painting. Seneferu has worked to combine the African esthetic and technology, family and community, visible and the invisible that reveal trauma but resilience of Black people. Seneferu’s work ultimately conveys that she has everything buy nothing to do with being an artist, for she has been pulled into spaces that she has then designed for herself but only through bringing others with her.