Jan - Feb Issue 2017
by Lisa A. Banner, Curator
New York artist Nona Faustine became an internet sensation in 2015, when some of the photographs from her White Shoes series were seen in an exhibition, and the show was reviewed online. As she puts it, “my work came to the greater public in 2015.” At the time, stunned by the attention her work received on the internet, Faustine had newly earned her MFA from International Center for Photography at Bard College. She continues to show works that are historically based, and researched, with a socially conscious focus. In 2016, the Studio Museum in Harlem showed her photographs in the exhibition of 26 artists of African descent in “A Constellation” - which ran from November 12, 2015 through March 6, 2016 - and acquired a photograph from her White Shoes series for their collection. Thus Nona Faustine’s work joins photographic works by Carrie Mae Weems, Dawoud Bey, Gordon Parks, Romare Bearden, and James VanDerZee in the permanent collection.