I photographed living legend Photographer, Adger Cowan for Culture Magazine we spent one sultry hot afternoon in Tribeca the neighborhood he once lived in for 40 years across from a NYC landmark Odeon Restaurant. Our discussion afterward of photography art legends he knew intimately Gordon Parks and Roy DeCarava was memorable. This is my second time on assignment for Culture. The first one was another living legend Artist, Faith Ringgold.


Photography Now 2019: The Searchers 

Center for Photography at Woodstock

Shadowboxing, exhibition at FreedmanArt 25 73rd Street, NYC October 11, 2019!

So proud to be selected for this incredible opportunity! 

Kehinde Wiley’s Black Rock Senegal Residency Announced 16 Artists Selected for Inaugural Year

I'm a NYSCA/NYFA Fellow! My sincere thanks to New York State for recognizing my work. Introducing | NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program Recipients and Finalists 

With great pride I can finally share that I'm a Finalist in the National Portrait Gallery Outwin Boochever Competition. My work and forty six other artists will be on view at the Smithsonian in our nations capital from October 2019 until August 2020. In the same building with portraits of the Presidents, First Lady Michelle Obama and many important historic figures. Another excuse to make a visit!

June 19th I'll be at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC Expanding Perspectives: Our New York Histories Panel Discussion.

On the stands now my commissioned portrait of Faith Ringgold for Culture Magazine April/May issue.  An incredible profound moment I shared with the art Goddess and living legend 88 years young, still making art. I was able to take a tour of her beautiful home studio in NJ. Such an inspiration I still can't believe I was blessed to capture her image. 

ARTNEWS: Ford Foundation to Open Gallery for Socially Engaged Art in New York

On March 5th the opening of Perilous Bodies an exhibition at the Ford Foundation Gallery to which I am excited to be part of. This exhibition launches their new gallery space. 

Beyond excited to participate in Slavery in the Hands of Harvard. In the show, Harvard University's collection of artifacts and archival documents from the era of slavery are the point of departure to showcase the work of contemporary artists whose work explore the enduring legacy of slavery. By looking for the shadow of the past on the present, we honor the struggles of those who came before us and acknowledge that the legacy of slavery extends beyond objects preserved in Harvard’s archives and collections. Artists in the exhibition include Noel W. AndersonRenee CoxRosana Paulino, and Nona Faustine

New York Times review of Ye Are My Witness

The last week to see the exhibition at Higher Pictures 980 Madison Avenue NYC December, 8th Saturday

The opening of my third solo exhibition at Higher Pictures opened Saturday November 3rd, 2018. 980 Madison Avenue NYC which house Gargosian Gallery and a bunch of other high end galleries. I'm told that I am likely the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition in the history of the building. Whatever the case it's quite incredible to be taking up space in a building were the most celebrated artists on the planet works have entered through those doors. So go make a visit while you can.

Brooklyn Museum, My work is now in the permanent collection "Not Gone With The Wind", "Isabelle", "Lobbying The Gods For A Miracle".  Not too bad for a Brooklyn girl!

HALF THE PICTURE: A FEMINIST LOOK AT THE COLLECTION” Brooklyn Museum So excited to announce my work recently acquired by the Brooklyn Museum will be on view August 31st the exhibition  will contain newly acquire work of 100 artists. 

Histōrias Afro-Atlânticas Vol. 1 Catalog, from the exhibition.

It has been a privilege and honor to participate in my second international exhibition at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in Brazil. Histōrias Afro-Atlânticas Vol. 1 Catalog, from the exhibition. 130 years since the end of slavery in Brazil. An exhibition that examines the field of art and creation from the point of view of the anniversary of the emancipation of enslaved men and women in Brazil including the Americas, Caribbean, and Africa. This tremendous catalog and exhibition encompasses over 500 pieces of work. Spanning 1768-2017. On view till October 2018.

A great many artists in this 400 page catalog from Jaime Lauriano(Brazil), Kara Walker, Aaron Douglas, Wifredo Lam, Sheila Bree Bright, Rosana Paulino(Brazil), Faith Ringgold, Radcliffe Bailey, Barrington Watson(Jamaica), Glenn Ligon, Gilberto De La Nuez(Brazil), Hank Willis Thomas, Seydou Këita(Africa),Jacob Lawerence, Sonia Gomes(Brazil), Romare Bearden, René Portocarrero(Cuba), Alfredo Volpi(Brazil), Antonio Gomide(Brazil), Theaster Gates, Rigaod Benoit(Haiti), Andy Warhol, Paul Cézanne, Titus Kaphar, Paulo Nazareth (Brazil) many more!

I will be in my first International exhibitions in Zactecas, Mexico at the Galeria Arroyo De La Plata May 11th curated by Joaquin Trujillo and in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake opening June 28th, 2018

An article in the Financial Times written about the Brooklyn Museum acquiring the work of 96 women artists. Happy to be in the collection three images from the White Shoes series at the Lefferts House. The article Brooklyn Museum Director On Collecting Art By Women 

"The young African-American artist Nona Faustine, whose self-portraiture places her in sites all over New York associated with slavery, is among those whose work is now part of the museum’s holdings. “I hate categories and labels,” she says. “And I’d rather be seen as just an artist. But I don’t have that privilege right now. And if this strand of acquisition opens the door for women artists, then that’s what matters. What women artists want most is to be visible."

Thank you Artnet for the shout out! I'm at AIPAD with Steven Kasher Gallery.7 Breakthrough Artists To Discover At The 2018 AIPAD Show. There will be a talk April 8th at 1:30pm

Great write up in the Boston Globe, Celebrating Barkely L. Hendricks tribute exhibition at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I'm in an incredible lineup of artists like Simone Leigh, Zanelle Muholi, Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson and many more.


Hold These Truths, Nathan Cummings Foundation, NYC

475 Tenth Avenue

November 13 – March 14, 2018


Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston Bakalar & Paine Galleries

January 17 - March 3, 2018


Mirror Mirror, Paul Robeson Galleries Rutgers University

February 08 – December 20, 2018

54 Halsey Street 3rd Fl, Newark, NJ 07102

Citizen: An American Lyric St. Johns University Art Gallery Queens Campus 

8000 Utopia Parkway Jamaica, NY 11439

January 15 – March 14 2018


Nona Faustine, Artist Talk: Citizen

Thursday, February 22, 7:00pm

St. Johns University Manhattan Campus, 101 Astor Place, NYC


Bringing Forward the Past: Art, Identity, and the American South Symposium.

Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi Panel Discussion

February 16, 2018


International Women's Day MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Panel Discussion

Thur March 8th 6:30pm 

515 Malcolm X Blvd 135th St

Spring/Break Art Show

hopes springing high

March 6-12

4 Times Square NY, NY 

The Female Gaze Museum of Sex 

233 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016 NY, NY

June 21 2017 – March 2018 

Refraction: New Photography of the African Diaspora, 

Steven Kasher Gallery

April 19th –June 2nd 2018

515 West 26th Street Floor 2

NY, NY 10001

My work is featured in the January 2018 issue of Artforum. In an article by Johana Fateman, "Fully Loaded Power and Sexual Violence" . 


Pleased to have my work choosen by NO LONGER EMPTY, for exhibition "Hold These Truths", Opening Reception Monday, November 13, 6 pm - 8 pm 

"A reference to the Declaration of Independence, "Hold These Truths" embodies both a fragment of a sentence that represents an incomplete history of justice and a call to assert diverse realities. The divisiveness of our political landscape, complicated by such concepts as “alternative facts” and “fake news” serves as a backdrop for works that expose the hollowness of proliferating misrepresentations in the name of power, both historically and in our present moment. Reflecting on narratives from multiple sources in a rapidly changing social and governmental landscape, the exhibition includes work by artists who employ strategies ranging from editing and re-framing to culture-jamming. Their work collectively seeks to dismantle prevailing constructs of national identity, and observe the right to challenge the very mechanisms that exclude expression and participation."

I'm honored that my work is featured on Claudia Rankins the "Racial Imaginary" website. "The Whiteness Issue" gathered here work by scholars, MFA students and cohorts, theater artists, photographers, sound artists, painters and multimedia artists, poets, and essayists in order to create a matrix of interconnected work, both new and previously shown, that interrogates one of the most toxic ideological strongholds threatening our collective survival."   

On November 7th Claudia Rankine writer, poet, and cultural critic currently teaching at Yale University will be giving a talk called "The Optics of The Racial Imaginary" . "This talk by Ms. Rankine will consider how issues of white dominance are expressed through the visual arts. We will look at artists such as Alexandra Bell, Nona Faustine, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Hew Locke, and others."

This fall my work is in the exhibit "Let Me Be An Object That Screams" 400 Gallery at Lesly University in Chicago. The exhibit which features the work of the legendary Terry Adkins, and Nayland Blake among other phenomenal artists have just been choosen at  Artforum Magazine Critics Picks. On view till Oct 21st

"Self" exhibition at the Cooley Gallery at Reed College in Portland Oregon, showing twenty images from my Mitochondria series 

My work can be seen at Artspace in New Haven CT ten images "Making Them Known"  The newspaper New Haven Independent gave a lovely write up on my work with fourteen incredible teenagers who produced their own exhibit call "Masturbatory Delusions" a quote taken from writer, poet, activists James Baldwin. It was a very special time. Check it out!

At the opening reception artist Titus Kapher also an Alum stoped by with Apprentice Phoenix and Executive Director, Helen Kauder.

My "Mitochondria" images of my family made the New York Times this week! Thank you to Maurice Berger who wrote the beautiful poignant piece. "Three Generations of Black Women In Family Photos" Such an honor cross that off my Bucket List.

"Summer of Know" at the Guggenheim Museum was standing room only! In conversation with Artistic Director, Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Nancy Spector and Basquiat Scholar, Chaedria LaBouvier about cultural, appropriation, Jean Michel Basquiat, and my work of course. It was a thrilling, exciting experience to share my perspective on these issues trending today. I never had the pleasure of visiting the #Guggenheim until it was the perfect opportunity.

"Female Gaze", @ the Museum of Sex, NYC June 27 – March 2018

"Discursive Selves Contemporary Self-Portraiture in Emerging Photography" @ Westbeth Gallery 55 Bethune Street NYC July 27- August 13th

Regarding the Figure, Studio Museum of Harlem April - August 6

"Let Me Be An Object That Screams" @ University of Illinois in Chicago Gallery 400 September 8 – October 21

June 27th Guggenheim Museum in conversation with Chaédria LaBouvier, cultural writer, Basquiat Scholar and Nancy Spector, Artistic Director, Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator.

I couldn't wait to return to California what better reason to take part in an artist talk at Spruth Mager Gallery in L.A. Here is the video Nona Faustine and Connie Butler Chief Curator of Hammer Museum at Spruth Mager Gallery

Sprüth Magers
Los Angeles 

Work By African American Women From The Nineteenth Century To Now

Discussion: Nona Faustine, and Connie Butler (Chief Curator, Hammer Museum)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

To celebrate the final weeks of POWER, curated by Todd Levin, Sprüth Magers is pleased to announce a public discussion at the Los Angeles gallery with artist Nona Faustine moderated by Connie Butler, Chief Curator, Hammer Museum.


The latest press on "Power" is phenomenal, the NYTimes "Two New Shows That Celebrate Black Women Artists".
LA Times article.'Power: Work by African American Women' delivers the voices of 37 artists in one fierce exhibition" One of many indelible images from the show is a photograph, part of a series of self-portraits by Brooklyn-based Nona Faustine. "From Her Body Sprang Her Greatest Wealth, Wall St." (2013) presents the artist front and center, standing on a small plywood box in the middle of an intersection in New York's Financial District. A taxi whips around the corner behind her. She faces us with sober directness, nude but for white pumps on her feet and shackles around her wrists. From a spot that once held a colonial slave market and is now the epicenter of the global market, she offers herself up for scrutiny, but her potent staging turns the scrutiny back toward us, to whatever inherited legacy charges our gaze.
It seems the world is not catching up with art made by black female artists here is bumper crop of exhibitions featuring Black Radical Women: This Spring, Several Group Shows Bring Together Works by African American Female Artists.
The legendary artist Betye Saar and I outside of our exhibit "Power" in Los Angeles, opening reception. Presently we are in two exhibitions the other is "Shifting" at the University of Maryland David C. Driskell Center. Had you ever told me this would happen I would hae never believed it! My first time in California and I met such an incredible woman who produced two artists phenomenal artists, as you can see here I'm over the moon.
I am honored to be in "Power" at Spruth Mager Los Angeles is an incredible monumental historic exhibition

  MARCH 29 - JUNE 10 2017

Work By African American Women From The Nineteenth Century To Now 

Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Sonya Clark, Renee Cox, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Karon Davis, Minnie Evans, Nona Faustine, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ellen Gallagher, Leslie Hewitt, Clementine Hunter, Steffani Jemison, Jennie C. Jones, Simone Leigh, Julie Mehretu, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Senga Nengudi, Lorraine O’Grady, Sondra Perry, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Joyce J. Scott, Emmer Sewell, Ntozake Shange, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Shinique Smith, Renee Stout, Mickalene Thomas, Alma Woodsey Thomas, Rosie Lee Tompkins, Kara Walker, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Carrie Mae Weems and Brenna Youngblood. 

With selected Works from The Ralph DeLuca Collection of African American Vernacular Photography 

Curated by Todd Levin 

Public reception: Tuesday, March 28, 6-8pm
I'm in VOLTA NY 2017 this year for the first time represented by Baxter St. Camera Club. I am so pleased and excited to be part of this art fair! Nona Faustine: VOLTA NY a review of the curated show of "My Body Is A Battle Ground, curated by Wendy Vogel.
"Shifting, African American Women Artists and The Power Of Their Gaze" , I feel privilige to be among these incredible artists! The level of talent in this show is astounding! Driskill Center at the Unviersity of Maryland. opening March 2ndMequitta Ahuja, Emma Amos, Chakaia Booker, Sheila Pree Bright, Iona Rozeal Brown, Jillian Marie Browning, Elizabeth Catlett, Zoe Charlton, Renée Cox, Diane Edison,Nona Faustine, Meta Warrik Fuller, Robin Holder, Margo Humphrey, Tonya Ingersol, Jane Jackson, Stefanie Jackson, Mailou Loïs Jones, Samella Lewis, Christina Long, Mary O'Neal Lovelace, Delita Martin, Beverly McIver, Janet Pickett, Jamea Edward-Richmond, Faith Ringgold, Malkia D. Lucille Roberts, Lynn Brenda Aminah Robinson, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Amy Sherald, Xaviera Simmons, Clarissa T Sligh, Renée Stout, Alma Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis.
Artist's Eye: Nona Faustine on Beverly Buchanan was an incredible experience presenting the work of Beverly Buchanan, sculptor, painter she died in 2015. It was an impressive turnout as I guided the audience through the three galleries of Buchanan's sculptures, paintings and drawings. I talked about the mutal themes running through both of our work. Please go see "Ruins and Rituals" on view until March 5th, 2017
Lovely, powerful review of "My Country" by Collector Daily Nona Faustine, My Country @Baxter St/CCNY
Press has been ongoing and I'm very grateful for the attention and appreciate all the reviews and mentions as we get closer to the end of the exhibition. Hyperallegic, Seph Rodney also wrote up "My Country" this week When You Want to Be Part of the Nation, but It Won’t Let You In 
Beyond excited about the recent article A LIVING MONUMENT TO THE GHOSTS OF AMERICAN SLAVERY in the New Yorker about "My Country" exhibition at Baxter St Camera Club NY. Alexandra Swartz so eloquently wrote of my work, "But Faustine isn’t a ghost, and she isn’t Oney Judge. She is broad, not slender; dark, not light; alive, not dead; a flesh-and-blood woman looking at America in all its tenses and challenging America to look right back at her where she stands, right in the center of the frame."
So elated and proud to have Hyperallergic mention my first solo exhibition "White Shoes" at Smack Mellon among the Best of 2016: Our Top 15 Brooklyn Art Shows thank you much appreciated!
A slew of interviews and reviews are coming out about "My Country" and it's so sweet. I stepped out of my comfort zone to make new work outside NYC and it paid off. The latest press coming from and whom ran an article about me a year ago when my "White Shoes" series was first introduced to the public. Thank you to all the writers and publications for taking an interest in the work and sharing it with their readers. "Nona Faustine on Why We Should Look at National Monuments Differently" I met with Mattie Kahn at Baxter St. Camera Club it was a wonderful opportunity to sit in the gallery surrounded by the work and have a chat. interview "New York Artist Nona Faustine Exposes the City’s Slaveholding Past"
Dazed Digital interview "Photographer Nona Faustine puts the black body into focus" came out. They are based in London it was nice to reach across the pond to the UK and get a sense of what folks in other countries are curious and want to know about us. It was a nice conversation. Thank you to Shannon Mahanty! Thank you for putting my name in the title.
Creators Project just posted their latest interview/review with me about "My Country" The Complicated Legacies of America’s Monuments Thank you to Antwaun Sargent for asking such good questions.
The first press has come out in review of my second solo exhibition and it's exciting! 
Huffington Post's Pricilla Frank wrote so eloquently and powerfully about the work. 
 Ghostly Photos Explore What — And Who — American History Forgets
Fader Magazine wrote a nice piece on "My Country"  How This Photographer Confronts The Freedoms Denied To Black Americans

Since 2013 Faustine has gained national and international recognition for her photographic work that plays with historical narratives haunted by the black female body. She has used self-portraiture to re-mark locations in NYC where the history of slavery is literally buried physically and psychologically. The photographic documentation of her self-made monuments which avoid conventional readings of a cohesive national history work to expose the ongoing tragic legacy of slavery. These images, however, are not only about accountability, but also about our collective relationship to history. Increasingly she appears as a new heroic figure who is her sex, who is her race – and yet universal, who is more than the sum of her subjective parts.

Although her work continues to evoke a critical and emotional understanding of the past and proposes a deeper examination of contemporary racial and gender stereotypes she now adds depth to this discussion by including images of actual American monuments whose meaning today is literally riddled with obstacles. Organized as a dialogue between past and present with Faustine herself as the medium between the two, both in front of and behind the camera, this exhibit aims to make permanence feel fragile, impermanence palpable and to question everything in between. Click the link below to read more.


Photographs by NONA FAUSTINE 28 September – 1 November 2016


Mitochondria are part of every plant and animal cell on earth, and they generate the energy that keeps those cells going. DNA within the mitochondria of cells are directly traceable through the matrilineal ancestry, passed from the mother to female and male children alike. However if traced back, all mitochondria come from a single source, our female ancestor in Africa. Since the matrilineal line passes down its genetic material unchanged, it can uniquely be traced back through several generations of women, revealing unbroken links from mothers to daughters.


Nona Faustine’s photograph series, MITOCHONDRIA, focuses on three generations of women in her family. Her mother, her daughter, and herself, and looks at the powerful expressions of these women over time. As she describes it, “Three generations of women living together in one family. My mother, my daughter, and I.” The images focus on identity as expressed in gesture, and emotional expression in reaction to the gaze of another, or a confrontation with the viewer. Her photographs assert a strong female presence, showing the familial bond of a matrilineal family, where women care for each other, nurture and raise each other.


Revealing three generations from her close nuclear family, Faustine uses rich clear colors to focus our attention on the inherent emotional realities. More than simply looking in on the family represented here, she places us in intimate dialogue with three generations of African American women in their home. As Faustine says, her work discusses the “handed down legacy of trauma from one generation to another,” addressing issues of race and investigating our connected understanding among each other as we engage with the past, and decide the next revolutions.


All photographs digital C-prints, varying image sizes Verso: Nona Faustine, A Herd of Horses, digital C-print


Curated by Lisa A. Banner

1 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075

Some exhibitions you do for the subject matter, others for the chance to work with certain curators, there are many reasons. I said yes to Curator, Lisa Banner for location the Institute of Fine Arts! It is steeped in so much history representing the Gilded Age of New York. The mansion was built by James Buchanan Duke the Tobacco Baron, Duke University carries his name. When he died his daughter Doris Duke at age 12 years old inherited an enormous wealth and the mansion on Fifth Avenue. I wonder what would Doris and daddy Duke think of my family images in display cases in their former home? Doris and I are both New York City born of southern heritage. New Yorkers existing in different times from totally different economic backgrounds. As a teen-ager and a young woman, Miss Duke spent much of her time at the 78th Street mansion, to which she sometimes referred jauntily in later years as "the rock pile." Every time I enter the grand mansion's foyer I imagine what if this was my home. For a time it is, where images of my daughter, mother and I reside.
Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30 pm I will be at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a panel discussion moderated by historian Nell Irvin Painter about historical memory, influence of archival material on contemporary art and activism themes that run through "Race and Revolution" show
Nominated Critics Pick in ARTFORUM "Race and Revolution"  on Governors Island a group exhibition about the history of African and Native peoples involvement in the Revolutionary War. I have two pieces from my "White Shoes" series were selected specificlly of the Lefferts House which I think was very fitting being that Pieter Lefferts was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary and the Lefferts being one of the largest slave owning families in NYC.
Two exhibitions that I'm in have just opened "MAMI" at Knockdown Center on view to September 4th. I was commissioned to a new piece inspired by the African deity Mami Wata which is the shows focus.
It was quite incredible to have Curators Dyani Douze and Ali Rosa-Salas blow my work up to over 9ft tall! It gave me such a delight and thrill, I've never seen my work on this level, amazing feeling. It's a group exhibition of some extraordinary artists with month long events in conjunction. Worth the trip to the border of Brooklyn- Queens to check it out!
"Race&Revolution" , Nona Faustine just opened on Governors Island on view until September 25th, 2016
Interview Jessica Holmes with Nona Faustine 
Nona Faustine. Walking With Frederick Douglass, Lispenard Street, NYC, 2016 (still); video. 
Our first international review of exhibition "i can't breathe" at Staten Island Unviersity at CUNY in April with Kara Walker, Patricia Silva, and Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa 
It is in spanish but I just used Google Translate or if you use Chrome it's automatic.
Up-Coming Exhibitions and Speaking Engagements
"MAMI", group exhibition
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing, Maspeth, NY
August 5th -September 10th
"Race and Revolution"group exhibition
Governors Island, New York
August 16th, 2016
Amistad Center for Arts&Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum Of Art
Artist Talk
September 15th
Hartford, CT
Schomburg For Research In Black Culture, Harlem, NY
Panel Discussion on history and memory
September 20th, 2016
"Dare To Be Heard", group exhibition
Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio
September 16th, 2016 
"Mitochondrial", solo exhibition
Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th, New York
October 1st, 2016
"i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary celebration of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls...",
group exhibition
African American Museum in Phildelphia
October 1st-January, 2017

"Christa Project", group exhibition

The Cathedral Church of Saint John The Divine, NYC, 
October 6th - March 2017
Baxter St. Camera Club, solo exhbition
December, 2016
Artista faz autorretratos nus em palcos da violência escravagista nos EUA
This morning I woke up in Brazil in the arts and cultural section Folha De S. Paulo one of the biggest newspapers in Brazil! A few months ago Brazilian bloggers found my work and reposted images on tumblr. I always appreciate if folks ask me first. From there I was contacted by a reporter. Brazil has been on my mind for a long time and I stay in tune to what is going on there. I feel a close connection with them our shared history of slavery, oppression and racism. They are undergoing a Civil Rights movement as Africans Americans renew their quest of Civil Rights. In my hearts purse
The new revised relaunch of Aperature Magazine "Vision and Justice" issue and guess who made the cut!   It has always been a personal dream of mine to grace it's pages since I was a undergrade at SVA! In 2009 a new mom, I took a picture of my newborn daughter laying on the bed while President Obama's inauguration in Washington played on television. I captured this important moment in our nations history from the perspective of a mother hoping all the best for my newborn child and for our nation. I wanted to capture this historic moment for our family. Believing that our nations first black President would be the new beginning and healing that this country needed. The impossible was now possible...I still believe. The accompanying essay written by Art Historian Maurice Berger masterfully done and edited by Harvard Professor and Historian Sarah Lewis. Out now get you copies before they sell out!
Seph Rodney of Hyperallergic wrote about "I can't breathe" An Exhibition About Black Lives, with a Gendered Focus It closed May14th it was a real honor and pleasure to have my work in any room with Kara Walker, and my former classmate Patricia Silva and Emma Wolukau. The College of Staten Island is indeed a special place! I will be teaching a five week course there in Spring of 2017. I want to especially thank you Curator Siona Wilson for having the vision to select my work for this exhibition.
I have loved Kara Walker's work forever. She speaks as I do to the handed down legacy of trauma from one generation to another. I remember standing on line at the Domino factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the hot summer sun with my daughter and sister, waiting to see her "Subtlety" 2014. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of the sculpture, brimming with pride by the originality of the piece, it's something I won't soon forget. Her work has long affected me. I'm really astounded but please to announce my work will be in a group exhibition with her at the Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island. 4/11/16
I gave a presentation of my work at Columbia University. It was one of the most satisfying moments!
Brit Hamre the teacher wrote this to me:
"Nona, I am reading my students' most recent assignments that bring together artistic artifacts, poetry, and primary sources all around the topic of immigration/ refugees. Their work is simply brilliant, and virtually every single assignment I have read draws upon your visit to our classroom. I wanted you to know that your time spent with us (exactly a month ago!) had a tremendous impact on this group of future elementary teachers. I am so deeply grateful and moved by your incredible contributions to our collective learning."
I was also invited by Missouri State University to give an presentation for their "Art Stocking Artist Lecture". A group of faculty and graduate students at MU, invite artist’s, collectives, curators, writers and cultural theorists who create work around issues of gender, labor and contemporary art theory, to speak about their work via digital formats. It was such a priviledge to share my work and ideas about being an artist in these times and all that it means. They were captivated, very interested and had loads of questions. Being an artist is about sharing and this was it in it's most basic form. I've long wanted to teach, it's one of the reasons why I went back to school, to get my MFA. Testing the waters.
Review of solo exhibition "Nona Faustine White Shoes", Brooklyn Rail 
"With her first solo exhibition, White Shoes, at Smack Mellon Gallery in Brooklyn, photographer Nona Faustine confronts this shameful period of New York’s past and blows it wide open," - Jessica Holmes
Brooklyn Rail Review of "Constellation" group exhibition at Studio Museum of Harlem 
"Faustine’s From Her Body Sprang Their Greatest Wealth (2013) is perhaps one of the most important works in this show. Faustine provokes us to consider how the injustices of slavery still saturate our society—racial inequality did not disappear with the Emancipation Proclamation or desegregation—and our deficiency as a country to assure freedom and equal opportunities for all individuals." - Alexandra Fowle
Review of my first solo exhibition "White Shoes" in Collector Daily
A mention in the NYTimes review of "Constellation" at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Interview  "White Shoes" for Pank Magazine
"White Shoes", solo exhibition
Smack Mellon - 92 Plymouth St., Brooklyn
Closing February 21st, 2016
"3 Graces", group exhibition
Space 776 Gallery - 229 Central Ave, Brooklyn
Closing February 29th, 2016
"Constellation", group exhibition
Studio Museum in Harlem - 144 125th St., NY
Closing March 6th, 2016 
Up Coming Exhibitions for 2016
"The Art of Herstory", group exhibition
The Center For Arts & Culture at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, 
1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn
March 18th - June 18th, 2016
"I can't breathe", group exhibition
College of Staten Island The City University of New York
2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island
April 11- May 14, 2016
Mami Wata, group exhibition
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing, Maspeth, NY
August 5th -September 10th
"Race and Revolution", group exhibition
Governors Island, New York
August 16th, 2016
"Mitochondrial", solo exhibition
Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th, New York
September 14th - October 31st
"Dare To Be Heard", group exhibition
Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, Ohio
September 16th, 2016

Artist Talk: Nona Faustine & Jorge Alberto Perez at Smack Mellon February 6th, Saturday at 1pm

I'm having another exhbition...YES... the third since September. I'm extremely grateful for every opportunity and that folks connect with the work! You can see the "White Shoes" series at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Smack Mellon in DUMBO in addition...

Opening reception February 6th - 29th at Gallery Space 776 in Bushwick. Goup exhibition "Three Graces" centered around the "White Shoes" image "Of My Body I Will Make Monuments In Your Honor", and the "3 Graces" art work inspired by Greek mythology Goddess Aprohdite, and maidens. New work will be on view composed of a triptych here is a sneak preview. "Isabel" 

My first solo show at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn is up and the opening was packed I'm proud to say. Filled with friends, family, and fans of my work. Lots of enthusiasm, a few tears, but mostly smiles and excitement to meet me and finally see a large selection (10 images) from the "White Shoes' series. Thank you to all who attended! It has been amazing the response! Collectors the series is limited edition 30x40(5) and 11x14(10) price upon request

Photo Courtesy Nana Asase 

Getting closer everyday to my solo show at Smack Mellon Opening Reception January 9th 5-8pm

Here is a sneak peak of the new piece to be exhibited titled "Not Gone With The Wind", 2015

Huffington Post selected me as one of 17 Visual Artists You Should Know In 2016 

WOW truly honored and really unexpected! Tremendous Thanks to Priscilla Frank and the Huff for the recognition!

My exhibition at Smack Mellon is a little over 3 weeks away. Adam Zucker Gallery Manager wrote this piece "White Shoes" January 9th, 2016

Susan Silas artist, writer, curator, recently wrote a piece on my work "White Shoes" for the Theo Westenberger Estate. She breaks it down! Tremendous thanks to her!

The Studio Museum of Harlem will present a group exhibition called "Constellation" 11/12/15-3/6/16 and I will be in orbit! It will feature eight anchor works from artists like David Hammons, Adrian Piper in the Museum’s permanent collection alongside works from eighteen artists, all of whom are exhibiting at the Studio Museum for the first time. It will be my first museum show! For my work to be chosent to be part of this prestigeous, legendary, museum, in the most historic, world renown, neighborhood of Harlem has touched me heart immensely. 

 I will be having my first solo exhibtions in 2016 and I am so excited the entire "White Shoes" series will come in January 2016 to Smack Mellon! It has been my wish to show the whole series and so many people have been asking me when and where can they see it. Well now you have it! It doesn't get any better than at the prestigous institution in my home Brooklyn.

In October of 2016 I have been commissioned by Invisible Art Center again in my beloved Brooklyn to produce a multimedia piece on the building and space of the old industrial building that has had many lives. Quite a challenge but I'm up for it.

 It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Charlene Sayo of Ms. Represent podcast out of Canada. She was in NYC this summer and we recorded the interview in my beloved Flatbush Brooklyn. Talked about many things among them my "White Shoes" series, the history of photography, and my journey through grad school at the International Center of Photography at Bard MFA programNona Faustine Ms. Represent Behind The Face A Fierce Woman

Hyperallergic piece written by Seph Rodney moved me beyond words. His link of Lucille Clifton's poetry and my work brought me to tears. Many thanks to him for uncovering another layer in the "White Shoes" series. 

The whole month of July of 2015 will forever be the summer when I was introduced to the world through my series "White Shoes". Folks from Sweden, France, Africa, have seen images from the series, first featured in the Huffington Post in June 2015. It wasn't until featured it on her blog unbeknownst to me on July 4th weekend. Her blog with considerable subscribers caused a worldwide sensation and spread to Facebook like wildfire. Almost instantly I was inundated with requests for interviews around the world. For an emerging artist it was startling, amazing and made me a little uncomfortable. So many people have reached out to me to express how the work has inspired, touched and overwhelmed them. A cross culture of voices from all around the world Tazmania, Africa, Europe, South America, India, and here in America.

Men and women who poored out their hearts on how they identified with the series, revealing a history they did not know. How the work spoke to them and identified feelings they longed to express, black white, hispanic, and asian alike. 40 plus publications have since written about the work from The Village Voice, Brooklyn Magazine, Hyperallergic, Beautiful Decay, MIC, Vice publications in France L'Orbs, and Outre-Mer la1ere to name a few. I humbly thank you all for cheering me on and championing the work. You helped to make my dream come true. Now lets get the work in a gallery so you can see all the images as they were meant to be viewed up close, on paper, printed beautifuly. I'm looking for a gallery, art center or museum perhaps? You'll have many viewers coming through your doors for "White Shoes". Ashley C. Ford wrote a piece that is also among my favorites titled Why This Artist Let Her Nude Body Tell The Story of Slave Trading In New York City

Writer Danielle Moodie for NBCNEWBLK recently wrote a moving article about my work titled Essay: Cultural Extermination and The Erasure of Blackness my favorite line :

"What Kendrick Lamar did lyrically over tight beats, artist Nona Faustine does visually with her photographic series "White Shoes". To be mentioned in the same sentence with rapper Kendrick Lamar is striking. I frequently sight rap as one of my many motivators in creating the work, particularly artists Jay Z and Kanye West inspired me to press on through my 2nd year of graduate school at ICP. I played "The Throne" everyday riding the train from Brooklyn to school in the morning.

W Radio Interview with me about my series "White Shoes", in Bogota, Columbia a news conglomerate that transmits to Colombia, Spain, South of Florida and Panama. A radio program with 3 million listeners. I was so excited to reach so many viewers.

Woman Made Gallery a small piece I wrote around black women and feminisim in America.

So excited my work has been featured in the Huffington Post by writer Priscilla Frank, 

Artists Nude Self-Portraits Explore Former Sites of Slavery Throughout New York.

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago my work can be seen in the show "Feminism (N): Plural" until June 25th

The Future Is Forever: 10 Years of the ICP -MFA Program

You can catch my work in two shows  May 03, 2015 – Aug 01, 2015 My work will be in  "The Future Is Forever" , at The International Center of Photography. Mana 888 Newark Avenue, 6th Floor, Jersey City, NJ  Please check out the link for directions from Manhattan to ICP at MANA very easy to get to. Or sign up at ManaContemporary for the shuttle bus from MILK studios in Chelsea.

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago has just selected "Over My Dead Body' for group exhibition "Feminism Plural:", opening May 15th 

Epic Epoch Group Exhbition at Con Artist Gallery in NYC will take place Wednesday April 15th me and 5 other talented artist will be on view till April 18th

"Hyperallergic", "After A Call For Change Artists Respond" which features "Over My Dead Body from my "White Shoes" series exhibited at Smack Mellon close Feb 22nd.

On The Wall, 'Take 10' Explores A Women's Perspective.  exhibition in which my "White Shoes" is featured.

American Photo features our exhibiton at The International Center of Photography opening Jan16th-March 15th

Join me on Instagram January 19th I will be taking over the International Center of Photography's account8 Female Photographers Take Over ICP's Instagram|

I will be participating in "Respond" exhibition at Smack Mellon. "Over My Dead Body" from the "White Shoes" series has been selected. Opening Reception January 17th down in DUMBO.
"Take 10" exhibition at International Center of Photography featured in Huffington Post Arts and Culture
Images from my series "White Shoes" is featured in Greybook Magazine Issue 02 on stands now.
Read here my new interview with Qiana Mestrich of Dodge & Burn Blog featuring the work from the "White Shoes" series.
My work can be seen in three exhibitions from October until March 2015! Below are the venues and dates. 
"Take 10" , International Center For Photography, Rita K. Hillman Gallery - 1114 Ave of The Americas NY, NY 
Opening Reception January 16th 2015 Exhibition Dates December 8th until March 15 2015 - 
Curators Alison Morley and Nancy Borowick
Will spotlight the work of 10 Women Alumni.
"Sixteen Sweet", - Ivy Brown Gallery 675 Hudson Street, NY, NY
 Opening Reception Thursday, October 25th 6pm- 8pm- November 1st 
Curators Pato Patez, Ivy Brown, Elizabeth Sadoff 
Highlighting 16 contemporary women in art. A portion of the sales will be donated to Bailey House. Serving people with HIV/AIDS since 1983.


October 22nd Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm at La Maison d'Art I will be in a panel discussion as an exhibiting artist in "i found god in myself for colored girls." The 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shanges.  Moderated by Curator Souleo.

"I found God in myself: 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls... at La Maison d'Art Gallery NY, NY Exhibition Dates: August 25th - October 31st 2014  Work from my series "White Shoes" was selected by Souleo  Opening Reception September 3rd.

In conjuction with  Schomberg Center for Research In Black Culture exhibition commemorating Ntozake Shange ground breaking work "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf". A multigallery exhibition that takes place at three locations The Schomberg Center for Research In Black Culture, Sol Studio, and La Maison d'Art Gallery.   


Work from my "White Shoes" series was selected as an "Honorable Mention", by Curator, Charlotte Cotton for CCNY juried competition 2014. The series will be highlighted in a virtual gallery on the CCNY website.

On "No Country Country", internet radio show tune into with artist Davis Thompson Moss June, 2nd 8pm

Images and artwork from the series "White Shoes" will be featured in "Identity", exhibition at Loft594 Opening Reception May, 16th.