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Diamonds: Against Archival Erasure

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Artist Naima Green and Recess invite you to attend a special conversation between artist Marilyn Nance and curator Remi Onabanjo –centered around FESTAC 77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, which was a major month-long international festival held in Lagos, Nigeria in January 1977.

In conjunction with Naima Green's Recess Session project, Pur·suit. During her Session, Green will focus on developing an accompanying digital archive for Pur·suit, a 54-card poker deck by artist Naima Green that features portraits of queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people. The archive will develop along two axes: an in-gallery portraiture studio and interpersonal data collection. Artist talks, a game night, and a reading room for rest and repose will catalogue a community in realtime. Interviews with Pur·suit participants on queer love, friendship, and chosen families will be Green’s data sources.

About the Artist:

Naima Green

is an artist and educator currently living between Brooklyn, NY and Mexico City, Mexico. She holds an MFA in Photography from ICP–Bard, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA from Barnard College. Green will present her first museum solo show at Fotografiska in 2020. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, International Center of Photography, Houston Center for Photography, Bronx Museum, BRIC, ltd los angeles, Gallery 102, Gracie Mansion Conservancy, Shoot the Lobster, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Arsenal Gallery. Green has been an artist-in-residence at Mass MoCA, Pocoapoco, Bronx Museum, Vermont Studio Center, and recipient of the Myers Art Prize at Columbia University. Her artist books and objects are collected by MoMA Library, the International Center of Photography Library, Decker Library at MICA and Barnard Library.

Marilyn Nance

Throughout the course of her career, visual artist Marilyn Nance has produced photographs of unique moments in the cultural history of the U.S. and the African Diaspora, and culminating in an archive of images of late 20th century African American life. A two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography for her body of work on African American spiritual culture in America, Nance has photographed the Black Indians of New Orleans, an African village in South Carolina, churches in Brooklyn, and the first Black church in America. Her work can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Library of Congress, and has been published in The World History of Photography, History of Women in Photography, and The Black Photographers Annual. Nance is the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in Photography (2000 and 1989), Nonfiction Literature (1993), and the New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artists Grant (1987). A graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (Tisch School of the Arts), Nance holds a B.F.A. in Communications Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, and an MFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Oluremi C. Onabanjo

Oluremi C. Onabanjo is a curator and scholar of photography and the arts of Africa. The former Director of Exhibitions and Collections for The Walther Collection, she has organized exhibitions in Europe, North America, and Africa. She co-curated Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography (2017), and edited its accompanying publication (Steidl, 2017), which was shortlisted for an ICP Infinity Award in Critical Writing and Research (2018) and named “One of the Best Photo Books of 2017” by The New York Times. Onabanjo lectures internationally on photography and curatorial practice, and has contributed to catalogues and photo books published by 10x10 Photobooks, the American Federation of Arts, Aperture, Autograph ABP, The Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Walther Collection amongst others. Onabanjo is a PhD candidate in Art History at Columbia University and during Spring 2019, was a Visiting Critic in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from Oxford University, and a BA in African Studies from Columbia University.


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