The BC Black History Awareness Society in partnership with the Royal BC Museum presents Hope Meets Action: Echoes Through the Black Continuum, the story of Afro-diasporic “British Columbia” history, past, present and future. Black “British Columbian” history has long been whitewashed in the annals of colonial history. Against the backdrop of white-centering walls, this exhibit daylights the living and ongoing history of Black belonging, told in this manner by the Black community for the first time.
The showcase, which will be available for viewing until March 2022, was curated and written by Josh Robertson and designed by Rodney Hazard. Written, told and designed by Black voices, this exhibition reclaims and retells the complicated history of stolen people on stolen land, and how the contributions of Black leaders echo across the centuries into the present.
These colors and shapes you see flowing throughout the exhibition are loose interpretations of the indigenous territories around British Columbia. I studied several maps of the area and created this system to center those marginalized communities from B.C.. I wanted viewers to feel a sense of belonging as they engaged with the Exhibition. To feel seen from the moment the stepped into the gallery space.