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. Her work focuses on history, identity, representation, evoking a critical and emotional understanding of the past and proposes a deeper examination of contemporary racial and gender stereotypes.
Faustine’s images have received world wide acclaim, and have been published in a variety of national and international media outlets such as Artforum, New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, The Guardian, New Yorker Magazine and the LA Times, among many others. Faustine's work has been exhibited at Harvard University, Rutgers University, Maryland State University, Studio Museum of Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Schomburg Center for Black Research in Harlem, the International Center of Photography, Saint Johns Divine Cathedral, and many other institutions around the country. Her work is in the collection of the David C Driskell Center at Maryland State University, Studio Museum of Harlem, Brooklyn Museum and recently Carnegie Museum in Pennsylvania.
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 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.