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.http://www.baxterst.org/exhibitions-3/nona-faustine-exhibition/
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 www.bit.ly/IFAdisplay
"Christa Project", group exhibition
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
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 program. Nona 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 BlackgirlLongHair.com 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".
Elle.com 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,
Woman Made Gallery in Chicago my work can be seen in the show "Feminism (N): Plural" until June 25th
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 account. 8 Female Photographers Take Over ICP's Instagram| ARTINFO.com
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 bel-air.org 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.