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Artist Talk: Nona Faustine

Tuesday, April 18

7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY


This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Photography Program at Parsons School of Design, of The New School, is pleased to present an artist talk with Nona Faustine. Since 2013 Faustine has gained widespread acclaim for her photographic work that examines historical narratives haunted by the black female body. Through self-portraiture, she at once reclaims sites in New York City where the history of slavery is built over while at the same time psychologically bringing forth this buried hidden past to the present.

Since the emergence of the photographic medium, photographs have played crucial and complex roles in the telling of historical narratives. In Faustine’s work, the medium is consciously deployed to bring to the surface the resonant tensions that still exist between time, subject, and place––the most essential of the medium’s characteristics. “Through the family album and self-portraiture I explore issues like the inherited legacy of trauma, lineage, and history, reconstructing a narrative of race, memory, and time that delves 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.”

Trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Brooklyn-based Nona Faustine received her MFA in 2013 from Bard College/ICP, where she studied photography. Her work has recently been seen in the Institute of Fine Arts, New York; the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York; the African American Museum in Philadelphia; Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York; Governors Island, New York; the Art Gallery at the College of Staten Island, New York; the Center for Arts and Culture of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; the International Center of Photography Gallery, Jersey City, New Jersey; and Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn. She is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York and the University of Maryland.

This program is supported, in part by the Grace Jones Richardson Testamentary Trust and William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, and with additional support from generous individuals, including the Board of Trustees and Members of Aperture Foundation.


Image: She Gave All That She Could Give and Still They Ask for More, 2014

Artist Talk: Nona Faustine