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Uncertain Times

I'm incredibly excited to begin to share projects that I'm working on, but before I do that, I thought I'd share the photograph that served as the catalyst for the shift in my work and the way I began thinking about race, politics, and identity as interwoven themes.

For the past two years, my practice has transitioned into studying and commenting on black identity, as it relates to the performativity of race and culture in 'Black' America. Earlier this year, I was honored to be chosen as one of the artists in an exhibition titled, Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood. The exhibition was held at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. The show was juried and curator by Deborah Willis, in conjunction with SPE's 55th Annual Conference. 

The exhibition was centered around the idea of humanity, with a particular focus on the current affairs of immigration, border patrol, and nationhood. As stated by SPE: 

Ours is a time where borders and division continue to challenge our very understanding of humanity. The opportunity to share on an international level is as close as the screens we hold in our hands, and yet, in a time of prolific imagemaking many lens-driven stories remain unseen. For every picture story brought to light, too many struggle for exposure. The power of images to ignite the rally cry for change are the same images that encourage empathy and stewardship, and these images come from every aspect of the photographic world—documentarians, conceptual artists, and citizens with their mobile devices. SPE's 55th Annual Conference, Uncertain Times, will address questions of globalization, migration, territory, refuge, community, identity, nationalism, and internationalism, and will evaluate the contribution of photographic practices seeking to humanize and reveal these topics. The conference will focus on the ways in which photographic media are implicated in demonstrating both moments of crisis as well as moments of resolve. This is a call to convene critical producers, thinkers, and thoughtful spectators of photography to unpack the meanings of the layered dimensions of the human story in the 21st century.

New Work at VisArts: Maryland, My Maryland!

I'm really excited to showcase some work from my new series, Maryland, My Maryland! The work will be on display at VisArts, for their Juried Exhibition, NextGen 5.0. The show is on view from July 11, 2018 to August 19, 2018.

The series explores 'Maryland, My Maryland!' is a photographic series that documents the remnants of confederate and civil war history in Central Maryland. As the northern most state on the Mason Dixon line, Maryland has quite an extensive history within the civil war, however, the majority of Central Maryland lives in ignorance and avoidance of this history. This series examines the landscape of Central Maryland through the eyes of a young African American woman, by the means of examination and documentation of contemporary remnants of Maryland's racist and segregationist history. This is includes archival presentations of racist state newspaper propaganda, the 2017 removal of confederate statues, as well as cultural markers of residents’ own racist propaganda in contemporary Maryland. The work is not intended to shame Maryland's history, but to highlight the aspects of racism that are quite heavily embedded into the structure of our landscape, but are seldom discussed or acknowledged. 

 

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On View @ LACD

Very excited to be included in the "Top 40" exhibition at the LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), curated by Rebecca Matalon of MoCA LA. At the close of the show, my work will be included and archived into their collection; if you would like to view the work after the exhibition dates, just request to see it from their collection.

You can see my work along others, on view from June 14 to July 7, 2018

Top 40

Upcoming Exhibition: Know South/No South

Another upcoming exhibition alert! I'll be showing some work at the Atlanta Photography Group this Friday, also featuring six other artists. I'm very excited about this work being chosen for this specific exhibition and to be included with the other amazing artists. To find out more info about APG, to read the interview with the Juror, Richard McCabe, or to read my interview or any of the other artists' interviews, head over to the APG site. 

https://www.atlantaphotographygroup.org/