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. I use the camera to explore issues about the body, and the hidden history of slavery in New York City, The self-portraits are complex explorations that put them in dialogue with the daguerreotypes of slaves, in 1850 South Carolina. Self-portraiture allows me to respond to those images of people who were put on display as examples of inferiority.
Nona Faustine is a native of Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, in 2013 she attained her MFA from The International Center of Photography at Bard College. The heart of her work speaks to what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Nona’s practice focuses on history and folklore, with a concentrated interest in gender, and identity politics.
Artist’s Website: nonafaustine.virb.com