Baxter St at Camera Club of New York
New York, 126 Baxter Street
The Brooklyn-based artist Nona Faustine, whose White Shoes series has become one of the most acclaimed and thought-provoking photographic works in recent years, introduces her new work at Baxter St, Camera Club of New York’s gallery space in Chinatown. Faustine, who was the established institute’s 2016 workshop resident resumes her investigation of ways history is told and passed on in the United States with a solo exhibition titled My Country.
In her most renown series, the artist had visited monumental American buildings donning nothing but a pair of white shoes, questioning collective numbness and indifference towards oppressed and subverted narratives embedded in national identity. Commenting on prevailing notions on female body and black identity, the artist physically and metaphorically strips down to her most intimate and vulnerable self, while embarking on an uncompromising depiction of self-expression. “The title of the show My Country purposely feels like a pause, an ellipse, a breath, meant to be followed by whatever the viewer chooses to think…” states the exhibition press release about the open-ended quality of the artist’s narrative and the scale of her powerful statement.
On view through January 14, 2017