The Artists’ Language Of Hope: A Conversation Between Moyo Oyelola & Aimèe M. Everett

Moyo Oyelola (left) and Aimèe M. Everett (right) at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center. Photograph by Chelsea King.

Photographer, multimedia artist, and activist Moyo Oyelola sat down with painter Aimèe M. Everett to share their thoughts on our collective future, Black death, and language in art. In this interview for Tribeza, Kahron Spearman documents these artists' perspectives on how art can honor the past, while aspiring to leave something behind for future generations. Sitting in the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, Oyelola and Everett share how this year has both challenged and inspired their artistic practices and their mindsets towards what their art should be doing in the world.

“I think art is asking questions that maybe people wouldn’t ask, that they don’t even know need to be asked. As an artist, I am first an observer. It makes me ask, Why do we behave that way? My work is about language and how language and words are just abstractions. And after we’ve spoken, we still have so many leftover things that we haven’t said because we don’t know how to say them. We don’t have any way to define them. And so I asked the questions of, OK, so what do those emotions look like? What do those unsaid things look like?” - Aimèe M. Everett