Projects

projects, collectives, collaborations + beyond

 
 
 
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Black.Girl.Fly. Vol I
2016

photographs + writings devoted to every black girl with wings + to those in the process of discovering them.

Vol I features works by: MANZAR SAMII, AZZURE ALEXANDER, MADELEINE BARKER, ASH ARDER, AKIERA XAVINA CHARLES, LUNA OLAVARRIA GALLEGOS, and ARVOLYN HILL

Designed by: DALAEJA FOREMAN

 
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Black Magic: AfroFuturism Book Club
2014-Present

Black Magic is an Afrofuturism Book Club, a space to envision, imagine & create other possible futures.

current title: "Wild Seed” by Octavia Bulter
contact: blackmagicbookclub@gmail.com

 
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Present Futures
2016-Present

Present Futures is a collaborative group of educators, artists, curators, and organizers that believe in addressing issues around structural oppression and injustice through contemporary art.

Founded by Lynnette Miranda, who asks “How do we create pluralistic art spaces that challenge oppressive structures?” Present Futures believes in creating and reflecting the kinds of literal and conceptual spaces people of color wish to participate in. Spaces where we find time and space for reflection, questioning, analysis, self-determination, and self-preservation, where frustration and anger are equally as important as joy and humor. Space where we are together, whether through our artwork or our bodies, to collectively think through complex ideas and questions. Most of all, spaces where we can feel safe to be different, embrace difference, and to think differently.

 
Tanya, “Courageous" 2014

Tanya, “Courageous" 2014

A Ribbon Around a Bomb
2014, ongoing

“A Ribbon Around a Bomb: who I am being + becoming in this space” is a photographic document / portraiture series that examines the feminine force present in my world. It is an homage to the variety of gifts womyn offer this world and an artistic declaration of the tools we use to fight for our liberations, justices and fundamental freedoms. This ongoing series contains digital color portraits + accompanying written reflections of womyn who I consider vivacious, unapologetic, passionate + courageous. Ribbons symbolize sensitivity + elegance, while bombs represent fiery, charged potential. The imagery of a bomb laced with a ribbon speaks to the contrasts that these womyn experience + inhabit. The finesse, femininity + grace of a ribbon matched with the vigor, aggressiveness + threat (not necessarily negative) of the way we live our lives, reminds me of the way my muses live their own lives – in a way that is simultaneously Feminine and Fearless. 

 
Stephanie, Prospect Park, 2016

Stephanie, Prospect Park, 2016

AfroLatinX Portrait Project
2016, ongoing

This forthcoming series of portraits + interviews (project name tbd) aims to catalogue how we (as self-identifying AfroLatinX persons) speak to/honor/dismiss/deal with the memory and existence of our African ancestry. It is an honest testament of who we are and how we are in conversation with that person. I am interested in our relationship to our own blackness and what growing up as LatinX has taught us (or UNtaught us) about the African(ness) of our identities. 

 
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Sacred Vibes Apothecary
Recipes Book Vol I, 2019

Photography & Production by: Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

About the Book
Delicious healing recipes from family and ancestors using plant medicine from Karen M. Rose and Sacred Vibes Apprentices