Betti Ono is Proud to Present: Black Joy & Resistance – The Exhibition by Adreinne Waheed


What can be deemed as a visual representation of Maya Angelou’s, “And Still We Rise,” through her camera lens, Waheed’s Black Joy & Resistance masterfully captures, “The Souls of Black Folks,” and the majesty that flows outward when we tap into our true authentic selves.

As the first offering from the ongoing project The Fire Next Time: A Call and Response (#TFNTOakland),  Betti Ono is proud to present”Black Joy & Resistance The Exhibition” the first solo exhibition by Adreinne Waheed. 

Black Joy & Resistance The Exhibition is presented in partnership with Michael Orange and the Matatu Festival Nomadic Cinema and what is sure to be an incredible evening of art and activism featuring POWER: Black Joy & Resistance, a series of fireside chats with Alicia Garza, Daphne Larose, Ericka Huggins, and Fredrika Newton on Wednesday February 20th, with projected images from the newly published picture book Black Joy & Resistance by Adreinne Waheed . An invite-only, VIP, collector and media preview of the exhibition will take place Thursday, Feb 21st at Betti Ono .

The exhibition opens to the public during the Black Joy Parade weekend Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th from 1-5pm. The opening reception will take place on First Friday, March 1, 2019, from 6-9pm celebrating International Women’s Month. Black Joy and Resistance – The Exhibition will run through June 8, 2019.  

“In the current politically charged climate reminiscent of days of old when people of color are being denied basic human and civil rights and forced to declare once again that Black Lives Matter, Black Joy & Resistance gives respite to the trails of the day and beautifully displays who we are, juxtapose to how we are sometimes made to feel. ”  – Adreinne Waheed

Black Joy & Resistance chronicles this resistance and celebrates all that is joyous and magical about the culture that binds people of color throughout the diaspora in a series of photographs captures at varied locations including: Carnival in Salvador, Bahia • AfroPunk Festival, Brooklyn, NY • AfroPunk Festival, South Africa • Fees Must Fall Student Protest, Johannesburg, South Africa • Dance Africa at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) • Million Man March (2015), Washington, DC • Labor Day Parade and at Soul Summit, Brooklyn, NY.

Adreinne Waheed is a photographer, photo editor, and archivist based in Brooklyn, NY and Berkeley, CA. She has been making images since age 13. Her photography currently appears in the inaugural issue of Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Fader, The Crisis, Scholastic, and Time Inc. Books. She has exhibited at Rush Arts, The Corridor Gallery, The Underground Museum, and the Long Gallery, Harlem.