Wednesday, September 22-Sunday, November 21, 2021
This exhibition will not be open to the public due to COVID-19. For more information, visit MICA’s Operational Mode 4 On-Campus Visitation Policy.
Meyerhoff Gallery, Fox Building
Antwaun Sargent, an independent writer, curator, and critic, whose work has been published in the New Yorker, New York Times, W, Vogue, VICE, Aperture, and various museum catalogues, among other publications.
Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo.
This exhibition also includes a salon-wall of photographs by: Lawrence Agyei, Daveed Baptiste, Faith Couch, Yannis Davy Guibinga, Delphine Diallo, Rhea Dillon, Justin French, Erica Génécé, Denzel Golatt, Travis Gumbs, Texas Isaiah, Seye Isikalu, Adama Jalloh, Manny Jefferson, Joshua Kissi, Myles Loftin, Ronan Mckenzie, Tyra Mitchell, Travys Owen, Lucie Rox, Makeda Sandford, Cécile Smetana Baudier, Isaac West, Joshua Woods.
Moderated by MICA alumna and Interim Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies Colette Veasey-Cullors ’96 (Photography MFA), Curator Antwaun Sargeant and Artist and MICA alumna Faith Couch ’19 (Photography BFA) discussed the exhibition. Questions were generated from the MICA student body.
The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion presents artists, whose vibrant portraits and conceptual images fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Their work has been widely consumed in traditional lifestyle magazines, ad campaigns, and museums, as well as on their individual social-media channels, reinfusing the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body with new vitality and substance. The images open up conversations around the representation of the Black body and Black lives as subject matter; collectively, they celebrate Black creativity and the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image. Seeking to challenge the idea that Blackness is homogenous, the works serve as a form of visual activism. It’s a perspective often seen from this loose movement of emerging talents, who are creating photography in vastly different contexts—New York and Johannesburg, Lagos and London. The results—often made in collaboration with Black stylists and fashion designers—present new perspectives on the medium of photography and the notions of race and beauty, gender and power.
The framed works sit alongside vitrines of publications, past and present, that contextualize these images and chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial Black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future.
Exhibition organized by Aperture, New York. Curated by Antwaun Sargent. The New Black Vanguard is made possible, in part, by Airbnb Magazine.