Photographer and Visual artist Nona Faustine was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts and The International Center of Photography at Bard College MFA program 2013. Her work focuses on history, identity, representation and what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.
Faustine’s images have received world wide attention, and has been published in a variety of national and international media outlets such as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Village Voice, The Guardian, Artforum, Fader Magazine, and The Brooklyn Rail, among many others. Faustine's work has been exhibited at the Schomburg Center for Black Research in Harlem, the International Center of Photography, New York, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and Smack Mellon, Brooklyn where she had her first solo show this year, The Art Gallery of Staten Island University with Kara Walker titled “I can’t breathe” (2016). Coming this fall she will be in exhibitions at KnockDown Factory in Queens, The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, African American Museum in Philadelphia, solo exhibitions at the Institue of Fine Art and Baxter St. Camera Club in New York CIty. Faustine’s work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem. She has further done residencies at Baxter St. Camera Club and currently Smack Mellon. Nona is a sought after speaker for panel discusssions, and artist talks at Institutions of higher learning, around the country Albany State University, Staten Island Unversity, Ohio State University, Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Schomburg Research Center In Harlem, Marist College,.
Situated inside a photographic tradition while questioning the culture that bred that tradition, my practice walks the line between the past and the present. My work starts where intersecting identities meet history. Through the family album, and self-portraiture I explore issues the inherited legacy of trauma, lineage, and history. Reconstructing a narrative of race, memory, and time that delve into, stereotypes, folklore and anthropology. These are meditative reflections of a history Americans have not come to terms with, challenging the duality of what is both visible and invisible.
Nona took this portrait at 4 years old. The subjects are her mother and baby sister Channon.