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CHAW Film Photo Residency 2023 – Tadael H. Asfaha

June 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - July 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

God Hates Us: Death of Chocolate City

June 19th through July 21st, 2023

CHAW Art Gallery

Opening Reception on June 19th from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

“God Hates Us: The Death of Chocolate City” is a thought-provoking exploration of the decline of Blackness in DC. The series delves into the city’s societal issues and the deterioration of its urban landscape, capturing the profound consequences of external forces on this once vibrant African-American community. Through striking imagery, it highlights the loss of cultural vitality, social disintegration, and the challenges faced by marginalized residents. Abandoned structures, neglected infrastructure, and the struggles stemming from systemic racism and socioeconomic disparities are vividly portrayed. By juxtaposing images of the city’s past glory with its current state of decline, the series aims to evoke powerful emotions and implore viewers to confront the neglected issues plaguing the unique cultural fabric of Washington, D.C., known as the “Chocolate City”

About the Artist:

Eritrean born, swam to DC — Tadael’s love for art and photography has allowed him to steadily document the erosion of Blackness and culture in his hometown. Through his lens as a DC native, he sheds light on the challenges faced by his community, allowing their stories to be heard and their experiences to be seen. Shedding light on the challenges faced by his community, Tadael provides a platform for visual testimonials — capturing the essence of resilience within black culture, igniting dialogues, and celebrating the beauty of chocolate city.


Note: CHAW is unfortunately accessible only via stairs. Built before the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990, our studios, theater, and gallery are not accessible by either an elevator or ramp. If you have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 202.547.6839, or email a staff member.


June 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
July 21, 2023 @ 6:00 pm