Photographer Dawoud Bey set to discuss his work at NXTHVN

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MacArthur Fellow winner American photographer Daud Bay has increased and enhanced the presence of African Americans through his work since 1975.

“I was a musician before I became a photographer. I used to write and publish poetry when I was young, so I think I always had to express myself,” Bay said. “My godfather gave me a camera when I was 15. The following year, I went to see the” Harlem on My Mind “exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was the first time I visited a museum I made. The experience of seeing pictures of ordinary African Americans on the walls of a museum began to show what I could do with the camera I got a year ago. “


His work, best known for his street and portrait photography, has been exhibited at well-known institutions around the world, with a keynote starting May 6 at NXTHVN in the Dixwell district at 6 pm. I will give a presentation as part of the lecture. The New Haven describes himself as an “incubator” of art, “a new national art model that empowers emerging artists and color curators through education and access.”

“Dawoud Bey is not only a well-known photographer, but also a professor, so his commitment to artistic teaching is closely linked to NXTHVN’s rigorous teaching methods,” said NXTHVN’s program and exhibition. Director Kalia Brooks said. “People have an idea of ​​what art and artists should look like, and Bay’s works and stories replace these falsehoods. The core NXTHVN programmatic event is a community opportunity. Inspired by our desire to expand, the same is true for Bay’s powerful portraits, which emphasize the underrated community, and his project to expand art access to those same communities. increase.”

In his talk, Bay talks about his practice trajectory and his upcoming work, including the artist’s first major career retrospective, The American Project, in 25 years.

“My discussion with Kalia Brooks focuses on the historical work I have done over the last decade, and is related to what the past aspects of African Americans look like in modern moments. I’ll see if it’s there, “Bay said. “The work began with the Birmingham Project, which commemorates the lives of six young African-Americans killed in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, and recently went around five different plantation landscapes in Louisiana. It extends to the works of. “.

The “An American Project” photo was chosen by two co-curators, Corey Keller, who was at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art at the time, and Elizabeth Sherman, the curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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