February 23rd | 6:00pm
Join the Jamaica Art Society and Aperture at Hannah Traore Gallery for a conversation featuring Isolde Brielmaier (ICP, The New Museum) and Kenneth Montague (The Wedge Collection, Toronto) celebrating As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic (Aperture, 2021). Drawn from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection in Toronto—a Black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent—As We Rise looks at the multifaceted ideas of Black life through the lenses of community, identity, and power.
Following the talk, there will be a book signing for As We Rise.
As We Rise presents an exciting compilation of photographs from African diasporic culture. With over one hundred works by Black artists from Canada, the Caribbean, Great Britain, the United States, and South America, as well as throughout the African continent, this volume provides a timely exploration of Black identity on both sides of the Atlantic. Artists such as Stan Douglas, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Barkley L. Hendricks, Liz Johnson Artur, Seydou Keïta, Deana Lawson, Jamel Shabazz, Texas Isaiah, and Carrie Mae Weems touch on themes of agency, beauty, joy, belonging, subjectivity, and self-representation. Writings by Isolde Brielmaier, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Mark Sealy, Teka Selman, and Deborah Willis, among others, provide insight and commentary on this monumental collection.
This is a free event. Books will be available for purchase.