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On View

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Fresh Up

August 12 - November 26, 2023


Peabody Essex Museum


East India Square,

161 Essex Street,

Salem, MA

“I wanted to create a space where we could see ourselves reflected in a moment of joy, celebrated without expectations, without connected stereotypes.”

Gio Swaby for Forbes Magazine

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Gio Swaby is a Bahamian visual artist whose practice is an exploratory celebration of Blackness and womanhood. Her work centres on Black joy as a radical act of resistance. It works through the philosophy of love as liberation and explores pathways of healing and empowerment. It allows space for both the strong and soft to coexist. 

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