VISUALLY SPEAKING : The Lost & Found Photographs featuring the collections of Photographers Adreinne Waheed and Zun Lee, moderated by Grace Ali and curated by Terrence Jennings
Imagine photographs splashed across the street or part of everyday wants of a flea market. Now imagine putting a value of significance to this lost & found archive of misnomer imagery. Who, what, when and why? are the descriptives that come to mind. Join us for this edition of Visually Speaking! as it explores this work and its dynamics through the words of Photographers Adreinne Waheed and Zun Lee, moderated by Grace Ali.
The Visually Speaking Series is created and curated by Terrence Jennings, worldwide and for the Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Grace Aneiza Ali is an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and a Curator and Editor. Her curatorial research practice focuses on contemporary art of the Caribbean and its diaspora, with a focus on her homeland Guyana. She is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit arts journalism initiative reporting on the intersection of art and politics and global arts activism. She is a NYU Provost Postdoctoral Fellow. Through her work in arts activism, she has also been a Fulbright Fellow, an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow, and a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper.’
Zun Lee is an award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator. He was born and raised in Germany and has also lived in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. He is a 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario Artist in Residence and a 2015 Magnum Foundation Fellow. He currently resides in Toronto. His focus on the importance of quotidian Black life has led to publications and mentions in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, MSNBC, Washington Post, Forbes, and Smithsonian Magazine. For his project Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood, photographer Zun Lee embedded himself in the lives of African-descended families across the US and Canada. By focusing on intimate moments of everyday family life, Lee interrogates Black father absence stereotypes and situates them in a broader context of pathologized black masculinity.
Adreinne Waheed is a photographer, photo editor and archivist. The Oakland, CA native earned her stripes producing photo shoots for VIBE, KING and Essence magazine, where she has enjoyed a 19 year career. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Fader, Scholastic Inc., Time Inc. Books and Little Brown Book Group.
Adreinne's passion for photography started at age 13, and that fire still burns bright. In her personal work, she travels the globe and creates images that show the beauty and brilliance of black and brown cultures.
She has exhibited at Rush Arts, The Corridor Gallery, The Underground Museum, The Latin Collector Gallery and the Long Gallery Harlem. She collaborated with the Urban Bush Women to create a video installation for their 25th Anniversary season.
2010, Adreinne created the Waheed Photo Archive, a collection of found images of Black people from the Civil War to the present. It was acquired by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. An essay and selected images from this collection can be found in NMAAH's latest book entitled "Everyday Beauty".
Recent publications include:
ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood: Salute to Oscar Trailblazers and the inaugural issue of the upcoming journal, Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, both available now.