Stolen Legacy Project is a project of the Alena Museum, an Oakland-based organization that challenges the erasure of Black culture in Oakland. Alena does this work by activating creative spaces and provide artists work and exhibition space that celebrates studios to cultivate the cultural richness of the African Diaspora.
Stolen Legacy Project is collective community project brought to life a rotating cadre of interdisciplinary artists.
Over the next two years, our community of cultural strategists, makers, and artisans will use Stolen Legacy Project to create a series of activations on the 7th Street Corridor, highlighting key historical landmarks of urban renewal through an Afrofuturist lens. With practices spanning AR/VR, mural, documentary video, installation, facilitation, photojournalism, and digital arts, Stolen Legacy weaves historical threads and diverse artistic mediums into a cohesive story.
Hager Seven Asefaha
Hager Seven Asefaha was born in the village of Barentu, Eritrea during a 30-year war for independence from Ethiopia. Due to the civil war in Eritrea, Seven’s Mom decided to make the arduous 500-mile journey by foot from Barentu into Khartoum, Sudan to take him and his 4 siblings out of the country. The family sought refugee status and landed in Oakland, CA in 1984.
In 2012, he converted a commercial space in North Oakland into a co-live-work loft that is still active today. Following, in 2013 he took the reigns of a 6,000 square foot warehouse in industrial West Oakland and Alena Museum was born. Today, the space is a vibrant cultural hub for Black artists and entrepreneurs. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to uphold Oakland’s legacy of Black power, and bring African ancestral culture forward.