Dania Frink and the Responsibility of Black Artists

Artist and #BlackFemaleProject Contributor Dania W. Frink talks ancestors, vulnerability, and love during her interview with BlackNerdProblems.com.

Black Nerd Problems: Your artwork is unapologetically Black: adinkra symbols, hip hop lyrics, kinky and curly hair textures, and portraits of people who have similar features to mine. Just stunning and quite revolutionary in my eyes. What are some of your influences, and just how necessary is it that you produce the art that you make?

Dania Frink: Your words warm my heart, thank you! Yes, my art is unapologetically Black. For many years, I have been creatively driven by one of (the incomparable) Sonia Sanchez’s quotes, “The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the ‘Negro’s’ reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.” That’s a powerful statement, and reflects the responsibility of Black artists. I consider it an honor and my duty to reflect all aspects of my experience as a Black woman. Read more...