CreativeSoul Exhibit, Empowerment Through the Lens of AfroArt, Opens at UPSTATE Gallery on Main

October 17, 2018 at 9:55 am

Spartanburg, S.C. –  UPSTATE Gallery on Main, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition by Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photography.  “Empowerment Through the Lens of AfroArt” opens November 8 and continues to December 29. A public reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.

World renowned child photographers, Kahran and Regis Bethencourt are a wife and husband duo and the imaginative forces behind Creative Soul Photography. Their AfroArt series, which showcases the natural hair of young girls in period-piece clothing,  went viral after celebrities like Alicia Keys, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Morris Chestnut, and Tia Mowry praised the collection on social media. This led to their work, which showcases the natural hair of young girls in period-piece clothing, was conceived as a way to inspire girls to love both their hair and themselves, being featured on BBC News, CNN, CBS National News, Teen Vogue, Glamour Brazil, and BET.

“The purpose of this series is to illustrate the story of our royal past, celebrate the glory of the here and now, and even dare to forecast the future,” said Kahran Bethencourt. “With this series, we aim to empower children of color to embrace their natural curls and the skin that they’re in.”

According to USC Upstate University Gallery Director Jane Nodine,  “We are excited to bring this exhibition to Spartanburg and share these beautiful baroque-like images celebrating the heritage of children of color,” said Jane Nodine, University Gallery Director at USC Upstate. “Regis and Kahran’s work is so much in demand with their busy international travel, it was fortunate we could schedule the exhibit and have them visit during the opening reception on November 15.”

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