The College of Engineering, East Asian Studies Center, Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of International Affairs present:
BLACK GOLD 黑金
Black Gold is an exhibit of photographs and interviews with Black entrepreneurs and creatives in Japan. The project, created by Cameron Peagler, an American artist, photographer, and longtime resident of Japan, hopes to inspire Black youth to study abroad and strengthen relationships with the Black and Japanese communities in Japan. The curator for this project is Catherine Harrington. Black Gold received a grant from the US Department of State’s Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund. This exhibit can be viewed in person at The Ohio State University from October 24-November 10 at the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center. An opening reception, featuring an introduction to the project by Cameron Peagler (delivered virtually) and remarks from scholars and students, will be held on October 24, 3:30-4:30, in the MLK room at the Hale Center.
Black Gold is created by Cameron Peagler, who believes art is the flare that illuminates inequality, warms those in need, and challenges the world to view social issues differently. Growing up, Cameron was one of those children who wasn’t given a fair shake in life and endured the additional challenges that come with being multi-racial. If it wasn’t for mentors like Tyron Holley or Devon Berry, he could have been incarcerated trying to survive by selling drugs, died to displaced intracultural violence, or stayed mentally ensnared, unable to bring out his true potential. Understanding these struggles, he became a seasoned registered nurse with a heavy background in international relations and public service. Understanding the delicate nature of storytelling that goes beyond the mechanical mastery of photography, Cameron focuses on nourishing BIPOC and underprivileged communities through genuine human connection and empowerment. With this in mind, Cameron simultaneously strives to strengthen relations between Japan and the communities he works with.
Free and Open to the Public
If you require an accommodation, such as live captioning, to participate in this event, please contact EASC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests made at least two weeks in advance of the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.