Oct. 7: Nona Faustine - I Was Brought Here to Stay

Nona Faustine Head ShotPresented by the UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice 

Co-sponsored by The Department of African American Studies, and Berkeley Arts +Design Mondays

Date: Monday, Oct 7, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: BAMPFA

Free admission. Doors open at 6 PM.

About the Talk

Nona Faustine will present her talk “I Was Brought Here To Stay.” As we contemplate the 400 year anniversary of enslaved individuals arriving in Jamestown in 1619, Faustine’s work is in conversation with all of the ghosts of history and how this residue impacts architecture, colonial legacies, trans-generational memory within families and our collective society. Her practice exemplifies the Historical Present and we are delighted for her to be in conversation with our students, faculty, staff and beyond!

Situated inside a photographic tradition while questioning the culture that bred that tradition, Nona Faustine’s practice walks the fine line between past and present, beginning where intersecting identities meet history. Exploring her family album in relationship to collective belonging, and self-portraiture in relationship to empowerment, Faustine examines the legacy of trauma, lineage, and history; her body becomes a channel for the known and unknown individuals who make up our past, present, and future. Reconstructing a narrative of race, memory, and time that delves into stereotypes, folklore, and anthropology, Faustine’s works are, in her words, “meditative reflections of history Americans have not come to terms with, challenging the duality of what is both visible and invisible.” Her talk will feature aspects of her practice that challenge the visual writers of history and summon viewers to question our own roles in making and unmaking historical wounds.

About the Speaker

Nona Faustine is a Photographer Visual Artist and Brooklyn native. She is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts, and The International Center of Photography at Bard College MFA program. Her work focuses on identity, representation, and history. Faustine’s images have received world-wide acclaim, and have been published in a variety of national and international media outlets from the New York Times, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, New Yorker, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, Artforum, among many others. Faustine's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally from the Ford Foundation, Harvard University to Tomie Ohtake Institute in Brazil. Faustine’s images are in the collection of the Studio Museum of Harlem, David C. Driskell Center at Maryland State University, Brooklyn Museum, and the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg. In 2020 she will exhibit at the Andy Warhol Museum. Faustine is a Finalist in the 2019 Outwin Boochever Competition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, on view fall of 2019.

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