Image credit: Mithsuca Berry, from the "Enlightenment" series (detail)

“The Sun Knows No Impostor”

Mithsuca Berry: The Sun Knows No Impostor

Curated by Sienna Kwami

Opening Reception:
November 13, 2021 • 6pm – 8pm

On view:
November 13, 2021-December 19, 2021
Special ArtsGiving hours: Friday, Nov 26, 2pm – 5pm & Sunday, Nov 28, 1pm – 5pm. Closed Thursday, Nov 25 & Saturday, Nov 27.
Regular hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm, and by appointment

BCA Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116

Mithsuca Berry: The Sun Knows No Impostor declares a commitment to all the living, without deceit, without fear, and without reservation.[1] The multicolor universe Mithsuca Berry builds during the process of unbinding the rope of their inner pain “to exorcise the demon that resides in each one of us”[2] as Haitian author Frankétienne writes, welcomes everyone to release what diminishes them. Berry is a keen storyteller composing a new narrative with the imperative to expand the collective toolbox for healing at its center.

In their paintings, Black figures adorned with a rainbow of overtones appear as afro-futuristic visions as much as folkloric characters of the past. In their digital illustrations, the ask to turn inward is often directed by hand-drawn text akin to ancient proverbs and fables that instill important life-lessons. Their vulnerability cuts through generations of trauma and empowers their work to give form to the alternative: necessary transformation fundamentally rooted in play, joy, kindness, and compassion.

Berry commits to the task of confronting the complexities of life and exploring the dark, unsavory, and unsettling to retrieve that which is often comfortably hidden from the conscious — held lovingly by the knowledge that the sun knows no impostor.

This is the second exhibition in the new 1:1 Curatorial Initiative series presented in the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts. Each exhibition in this series presents a collaborative project between one curator and one artist, and either introduces a new artist or highlights a new aspect of a more experienced artist.


  1. Alice Walker, Revolutionary Petunias & Other Poems, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970
  2. Frankétienne, Mûr à Crever,  translated from French by Kaiama L. Glover, Archipelago Books, 2014