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.