I Am Because You Are – A Solo Exhibition by Gherdai Hassell

In 2019, Gherdai Hassell uncovered a family tree which traced her lineage back eight generations from Bermuda via St. Kitts to Africa where her ancestor was captured and enslaved. In I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE, Gherdai Hassell creates a deliberate, living relationship with historic materials in order to give a voice to those who were silenced. In doing so, she reminds us that "Black people as the descendants of the slave trade exist more as a human accomplishment than the remains of human destruction."