I asked Ms. Faustine what role she thinks an artist has in society – especially in these tense times. Good question, it’s one that we are still discussing, each generation has to answer that for themselves. I’m from the Nina Simone school of thought she put it so eloquently and beautifully. “An artist’s duty to which … Continue reading Nona Faustine: An Artist’s Duty. . .
Nona Faustine’s piece Like a Pregnant Corpse the Ship Expelled Her into the Patriarchy symbolizes slave ships arriving on Brooklyn’s shores, a story rarely told. Here she writes about art being reflective of history: whose stories continue to be left out? Whose bodies matter and why and by that I mean who is being most … Continue reading Nona Faustine: History and the Black Body
Nona Faustine marches up the steps of the Tweed Courthouse, built on top of what was part of the African Burial Ground, in New York City; this photo is titled Over My Dead Body. Racism in the United States is a cancer that has infected every segment of our culture and society for too long. … Continue reading Nona Faustine: Racism is . . .
The opportunity to explore little known aspects of the role of Africans and Native people in the Revolution, it’s absolutely dynamic! At this time in my creative work explores history and memory and trauma. American History is so much more than what we have been taught in school and that is such a tragedy to me, … Continue reading Nona Faustine on History, Memory, and Trauma
Self-portraiture allows me to respond to those images of people who were put on display as examples of inferiority, politicized black bodies in the early history of photography. Images made long ago and ideas perpetuated even now. I document myself in places where the history becomes tangible. Acting like a conduit or receptor, in both … Continue reading Nona Faustine Confronts History through Portraiture
The first time I saw her work, I felt all of the air leave my lungs. I had told a mutual friend that I was curating a new project called RACE AND REVOLUTION, with a view to stoke dialogue about racism from 250 years ago and racism of today. He grabbed my phone so he could show me NONA FAUSTINE‘s website. The … Continue reading Meeting Nona Faustine
When training for an Olympic sport, an athlete will observe greats who have come before him or her. , With my work in Education at the New-York Historical Society, I’ve been observing master curators for six years. I often thought, “It couldn’t be that hard to tell a story through art. I throw some gallery … Continue reading My Big Curatorial Idea!