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Qiana Mestrich

Qiana Mestrich

Visual Artist + Writer, MFA (ICP-Bard), SEO, Blogger @ Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History http://dodgeburn.blogspot.com
Afrofuturism takes flight: from Sun Ra to Janelle Monáe via @guardian http://www.theguardian.com/music...
RT @womenartdealers: Goldsmiths, home to one of the UK’s leading art schools, to build public gallery @TheArtNewspaper http://www.theartnewspaper.com/article...
Winner announced for the POPCAP '14 – the prize for contemporary African photography http://popcap14.picturk.com/...
Listen to artist interviews from the 70s and 80s taped on cassettes via the Audio Arts Archive @Tate + more @fototazo http://www.fototazo.com/2014...
RT @graywolf: "The creepiest Internet tracking tool yet is ‘virtually impossible’ to block" http://bgr.com/2014...
RT @museummammy: Sneak peek: #Basquiat retrospective coming to @agotoronto next year: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts... cc: @AyoLeilani
"Open your mouth only if what you are going to say is more beautiful than silence." - Arabic proverb http://i.instagram.com/p...
Call for Proposals: Trans Asia Photography Review - How is photography used to address environmental issues? http://tapreview.org/about...
RT @formatfestival: Exhibition Opportunity | International Jury | Awards #FORMAT15 #EXPOSURE #evidence #opencall http://www.formatfestival.com/
Great @huffpostliveinterview with Jill Scott @missjillscott http://live.huffingtonpost.com/r... Love that she considers wigs as "hats made of hair"
Congolese Photographer Captures The Beauty Of Daily Street Life In Puddles http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
RT @DazedMagazine: Art theft is the 3rd biggest criminal racket in the world: http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsand... https://twitter.com/DazedMa...
RT @afropunk: FEATURE: Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art show Check it out --> http://www.afropunk.com/profile...
RT @shadowandact: USA Theatrical Run Set for Thomas Allen Harris' Acclaimed Doc, 'Through a Lens Darkly' http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowa... https://twitter.com/shadowa...
Attn: Artists! Great article on having a strategy for applying to exhibitions, residencies and fellowships http://dailyserving.com/2014...
BOMB Magazine — Coco Fusco by Elia Alba - thesupperclubartists: http://qiana.tumblr.com/post...
BOMB Magazine — Coco Fusco by Elia Alba - http://bombmagazine.org/article...
deconstructingshe: Traditional vs. Modern,  Continental Africa Series, Nairobi, Kenya July 2014.   - http://qiana.tumblr.com/post...
deconstructingshe:
 
Traditional vs. Modern,  Continental Africa Series, Nairobi, Kenya July 2014.  
RT @WNYC: How LGBT people find themselves portrayed in video games: http://www.onthemedia.org/story...
RT @MarDixon: Brilliant! Facebook launches Save — a way to save posts to view later http://www.insidefacebook.com/2014... #socialmedia
New Exhibit: Michael L. Abramson's "Pulse of the Night" @MoCP_Chicago document the city's Black blues nightlife http://www.mocp.org/exhibit...
RT @MoCP_Chicago: “To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces.” -- Ansel Adams #photogquotes #photography #MoCP
RT @Nick_Johnstone: #HomeTruths by @SusanBrightNYC has closed at @MoCP_Chicago so check out her book incl. my essay 'Mothering Fathers' http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/home-tr...
Small sculptures made in Congo (and sourced at J&S Imports) with of my cyanotypes in the background. - http://qiana.tumblr.com/post...
Small sculptures made in Congo (and sourced at J&S Imports) with of my cyanotypes in the background.
An otherworldly experience… Patti Smith installation #rockaways #ps1moma - http://qiana.tumblr.com/post...
An otherworldly experience… Patti Smith installation #rockaways #ps1moma
"We rebuild stone by stone." - Patti Smith installation at #rockaways #ps1moma - http://qiana.tumblr.com/post...
"We rebuild stone by stone." - Patti Smith installation at #rockaways #ps1moma
bremser: Any large collection of color portraits from the 1940’s and 50’s are bound to be interesting, but Carl Van Vechten's work so thoroughly documented African-American writers, musicians, actors, and dancers in New York City, making it one of the important photographic projects during the period. He was persistent, working with Kodachrome... - http://qiana.tumblr.com/post...
bremser:
 
Any large collection of color portraits from the 1940’s and 50’s are bound to be interesting, but Carl Van Vechten's work so thoroughly documented African-American writers, musicians, actors, and dancers in New York City, making it one of the important photographic projects during the period. He was persistent, working with Kodachrome during this time was a financial and technical challenge. There's an awkward and non-professionally produced quality to many of the sittings, which often results in inexplicable greatness - the portrait of James Baldwin is an example. I can't read whether Baldwin is annoyed, perplexed, or acting out a character. 
 
One aspect of this incredible archive are the backgrounds - many designed uniquely for the individual session. Beyond Van Vechten’s tenacity for arranging the portraits, this might be his area of true genius, using bits of wallpaper, fabric and sometimes artworks to reflect the subject’s personality, while exploiting the possibilities of the Kodachrome palette. 
 
June 17th is Carl Van Vechten’s birthday.
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