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Phoenix Art Museum Showcases Contemporary Photography by Women Artists of the African Diaspora

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The exhibition will be on view from July 20, 2022 through February 12, 2023 in the Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography at Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona, United States.

Organized by Phoenix Art Museum and the Center for Creative Photography, And Let It Remain So: Women of the African Diaspora presents the viewpoints of five early professional photographic artists who are investigating their encounters of the African Diaspora. It is inspired by the development of Africans and their descendants through various means of migration and oppression over hundreds of years. The exhibition also gives space to think about the grand scheme of photography in forming individual comprehension and envisioned fates that consolidate components of the over a wide span of time.

The exhibition represents the works of Jasmine Clarke, Nadiya I. Nacorda, Widline Cadet, Hellen Gaudence, and Sasha Phyars-Burgess which reflects social locales, general memories, and multilayered family experiences, drawing on elements from the past and present to consider an imagined future.

Jasmine Clarke 

Jasmine Clarke, Olivia, Looking, 2018. Inkjet print. Collection of the artist. Jasmine Clarke, from the Shadow of the Palm series – Image courtesy Phoenix Art Museum

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Jasmine Clarke who was born and raised in Brooklyn, creates dreamlike and otherworldly images inspired by familial stories, shared memories, and visions that draw from the experiences of her Jamaican father. Born in Detroit and with Philippine and Xhosa (South Africa) familial roots.

Nadiya I. Nacorda

Nadiya Nacorda, Wearing a doek in Lolo and Lola’s bathroom, 2018. Inkjet print. Collection of the artist. © Nadiya Nacorda, from All the Orchids are Fine series – Image courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

Nadiya I. Nacorda combines and layers photographic images—including family photographs—to reference shared stories and lived experiences that are both unique to her family and common to other diasporic communities with histories of colonization and displacement. Born in Pétion-Ville, Haiti, and now based in New York City.

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Widline Cadet 

Widline Cadet, Seremoni Disparisyon #1.20 (Ritual [Dis]Appearance #1.20), 2020. Inkjet print. Collection of the artist. © Widline Cadet, from the Seremoni Disparisyon (Ritual [Dis]Appearance) series – Image courtesy of Pheonix Art Museum

Born in Pètion-Ville, Haiti, Cadet explores the notions of belonging, migration, and selfhood. By using self-portraiture, family albums, and repetitive imagery. Her work also acknowledges the complexity of photography as a tool for representation, challenging the medium while self-consciously exploring its potential.

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Hellen Gaudence

Hellen Gaudence, Kilema Road, 2016. Archival digital print. Collection of the artist. © Hellen Gaudence, from the Magharibi series; Hellen Gaudence, Souverainete, 2017. Archival digital print. Collection of the artist. © Hellen Gaudence, from the Magharibi series – Image courtesy of Phoenix Art Museum

Hellen Gaudence lives in New York City and works between her home country, Tanzania, and the United States. She created black-and-white portraits of African migrants residing in Tucson (2012-2015). Her photographs juxtapose these subjects with color landscapes of road-side native plants engulfed in red dust, environments that reference a generalized and absent African location.

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Sasha Phyars-Burgess 

Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Kiddie’s Carnival, Trinidad, 2013. Inkjet print. Collection of the artist. ©Sasha Phyars-Burgess, from the THERE (Yankee) series – Image courtesy of Pheonix Art Gallery

Born in Brooklyn to Trinidadian parents, Sasha Phyars-Burgess creates intimate and observational black-and-white photographs of family and community in Trinidad and Tobago to explore the intersections where her expectations of the Caribbean overlap and diverge from observed reality.

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Author

Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine is a budding storyteller. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin. She has contributed to numerous Art publications across Africa. She is currently a Writer for Art News Africa.

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