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 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 LA Times, 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, The Art Gallery of College of Staten Island with Kara Walker titled “I can’t breathe” (2016). Smack Mellon and Baxter St. Camera Club in New York City where she had two solo shows in 2016. Nona is a sought after speaker for panel discusssions, and artist talks at Institutions of higher learning around the country. Albany State University, Ohio State University, Schomburg Research Center In Harlem, Marist College, Bucknell University and Aperture are a few.
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.