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AFTERGLOW GALLERY DEBUTS POLAROID SERIES ALLOW ME TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF

Dallas-based organization presents Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself as an icebreaker to discuss current debates that are taking the nation by storm. Afterglow Gallery’s Visual Arts Director and Owner, Said Abusaud created this project as a platform to showcase the twelve chosen individual’s raw thoughts with a Polaroid photo of each person to give audiences an unfiltered visual of who is speaking. Collectively, AMTRIM strives to prove that in the end love wins and it always will.

“I really believe that this project is positive and hopefully gets us to rethink our values and remember to reach out to others in need, whether it’s a listening ear or helping hand,” said Abusaud. “We’re all people at the end of the day.”

After the viral video “This is America” by Childish Gambino released, an instant spark for the project lit up. Gambino uses the ambivalent reception of black art to represent what it’s like being black. It’s built on the sharp contrast between jolly, syncretic melodies, and meaning trap cadences. It inspired Abusaud to create a series that aids in genuinely understanding what others think and to show that individuals with different perspectives on social issues can still come together to love and respect one another.

This series is far different from what Abusaud has released before. Previous projects highlight his art speaking from within as a vehicle for self-expression. However, this series strays far away from that structure. It gives people the chance to speak up on issues, such as the Trump Administration, the protest of the national anthem in the NFL, school shootings, and women empowerment. Each individual was asked a specific question pertaining to these social issues and compared to another that had a different perspective. The decision of photographing each individual on Polaroid adds a vintage, raw finishing touch to compliment their unfiltered answers. By structuring the series in such fashion, it provides an understanding to audiences, for example, that just because two local musicians are being asked the same question, doesn’t mean they’ll have the same views.

Showcased in the project are familiar yet diverse faces of the Big D, which includes singer-songwriter Sudie Abernathy, Dallasite Ekaterina Kouznetsova, model Gezebel Marina, University of North Texas student Milan Merlo, musicians and twins Myles and Kyle Mendes, and six others. These individuals come from very different backgrounds representing various races and want their voices to be heard. Many are also influential in their own right, whether it’s through music, writing, blogging, or art.

“I don’t feel any different saying what I said in the series than any other day being a women in this society,” said Abernathy. “As a human, that just so happens to be female, I’m treated unjustly every day. I don’t feel shy about stating facts about inequality that some other people may be uncomfortable with.”

Being a minority himself, Abusaud got tired of looking the other way when issues arose. As a child, he would get bullied, beat up, and name called because of the color of his skin. Realizing why this had happened later on, he would observe what was going on with others alike and decided he had turned an eye for too long. AMTRIM is a reminder that everything in this life is temporary and to use every second towards making a better difference in the world.

“The world is in turmoil and is indeep need of healing,” Abusaud said. “People that were low key racist and were hiding it, are no longer doing that. Kids are killing one another at public schools and it’s now become the norm. Some even refrain from going to public events because of the thought of violence that could occur. None of us should feel like that.”

It’s a step to starting conversations about the social state the world is currently in and how scary it’s become through the eyes of Dallas’ own. Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself will debut online at Afterglow Gallery’s official website www.afterglowgallery.com on Monday, July 23 at 9 a.m. The project will be up for a limited time.

Afterglow Gallery is an organization with exclusive members made up of Dallas’ talent. The group strives to create unique and bold projects that expresses intimate concepts that cannot be faithfully portrayed by words alone. Afterglow Gallery’s conceptual themes of profound intended emotions and desired concepts portray the ultimate vision of the Visual Arts Director and Owner, Said Abusaud. Each piece is left with hidden messages within for audiences to decode. For more information, call 214-554-1821 or visit www.afterglowgallery.com.

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