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aRTS INCUBATION

 

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.

PROJECT VISION

 

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. 

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PROJECT ARTISTS 

Hager Seven Asefaha

Creative Director

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.

BRI JAMES

ZINE ARTIST

Bri James is an author illustrator whose work amplifies the beauty and brilliance of Black womxn and girls. She comes from a long line of storytellers: musicians, preachers, visual artists, singers, academics, and orators, and grew up surrounded by the wondrous power of storytelling and art making.  A world-builder from a young age, Bri regards stories, both written and visual, as a means to preserve history, cultivate connectedness, and facilitate understanding.
 
As a liberatory designer and storyteller, Bri is continually pulling from the storied traditions of her yesteryear to ground her work in the ideas of humanity, interrogation, reflection, and authenticity.
 
She's been featured in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Inc. Magazine, Eater, Black Enterprise, Bravery, and others. She's a proud Oakland resident and is the 4th generation of her family to call the East Bay home.