Deun is a photographer and illustrator based in Chicago, Illinois. A former English and Art teacher, her life’s work is to serve, empower, and celebrate women of color through a series of creative practices. With her photography project, the body: a home for love., Deun surfaces stories from women of color who have experienced sexual abuse as a child. The project explores how each woman relates to her body as a dwelling place post-abuse. While her primary practice is photography, Deun also utilizes text and textures to further enhance her narratives.
Denae Howard is an interdisciplinary artist from Brooklyn NY. With a focus in printmaking and digital art; She is currently working on an array of projects focusing on instances of re-appropriating negative archetypes and stereotypes to reclaim and transcend positive meaning for black and brown people. Her work is a coded-guide that promotes discussion revealing the similarities and differences in the way individuals experience current systems in place. Not to be confused with propaganda, Howard’s work is a testament to her existence as a Black Femme in modern day Amerikkka.
Hasef is an interdisciplinary artist from Southern California. He uses video, sculpture, and painting to investigate the African Diaspora and trans-Atlantic memory and the effects on American social structure. Through his international travels, Hasef has also explored ideas about identity and perceptions in contrasting environments. His work introduces viewers to a world of critical issues often avoided by society and he manipulates various mediums to convey his messaging.
Taha Clayton is a Brooklyn-based painter, born in Houston, TX and raised in Toronto, ON, Canada. In his early work, Clayton focused on photo-realistic portraiture. Now, Clayton’s heritage influences much of his work, which often addresses mistruths of black antiquity. His realistic renderings celebrate culture and legacy while also exploring matters of social injustice, spirituality, and family. Many of his visual narratives are presented in portraiture using historical references embedded with futurist allusions.
Clayton’s work has shown in several group exhibitions in New York, Miami, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Toronto. His work is currently showing at the Prizm Art Fair during Art Basel Miami as well as the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in a show juried by Frank Bernarducci, owner of the Bernarducci Gallery in Chelsea. Recent shows include”, I Met God and She Is” curated by Joakim von Ditmar and the “Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks” at MassArt which featured fellow artists Hank Willis Thomas, Delphine Diallo, Rashid Johnson, Deborah Roberts, Amy Sherald and Hank Willis Thomas. In addition to public and gallery exhibitions, Clayton’s work has also been commissioned by private collectors in addition to being featured in benefit art auctions for diverse art spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA). Clayton’s journey as an emerging artist was also documented in the award winning documentary, “Heavyweight Paint” (dir. Jeff Martini, 2016) which features his friends and colleagues in art Joseph Adolphe, Jerome Lagarrigue, and Tim Okamura.
Atiya Jones is an autodidactic creator of abstract organic accumulations that an apopheniac might call patterns. Her work serves as a depiction of biological functions reflected within society through line-based visual structures (ie. osmosis as migration, communities as homeostasis, gentrification as disease). The entrancing lines are informed as much by nature as they are by architecture. Man-made structures and the basic need for shelter lay at the core of the tactile tensions experienced throughout the cities she’s called home. Ultimately, she aims to create depictions in which the disparate narratives of persons past and present can coincide.