Hi-ARTS will partner and present the inaugural exhibition of black women photographers


Hi-ARTS has partnered with Black women photographers (BWP) for center focus. BWP’s inaugural group exhibition, featuring the work of seven of its acclaimed and emerging members, will run from April 11 to April 29 at Hi-ARTS.

Founded by Polly Irungu and born out of the racial reckoning of 2020 to disrupt the idea that discovering and commissioning black creatives is difficult, Black Women Photographers is a global community and directory of over 1,000 black women and photographers from non-binary identification, covering over 46 countries and 32 US states. Through conversations, workshops, educational resources, virtual and in-person events, and an active directory of photographers available for hire, BWP is committed to providing a home for black women identifying photographers with the aim of increase access to professional and paid opportunities. for black creations.

Co-hosted by Irungu and Hi-ARTS, New York’s premier urban art incubator, Center Focus will highlight the individual journey of acclaimed and emerging photographers

Eliana Carter, Andrea K. Castillo, Poochie Collins, Maria J. Hackett, Myesha Evon Gardner, Ashli ​​Owens, and Edolia Stroud through multimedia content and visual storytelling. The work includes both portraits of black women and pieces that capture the world as seen through the eyes of a black woman.

Hi-ARTS is an urban arts incubator that has helped develop acclaimed artwork from creators such as Dominique Morrisseau, Radha WhiteAlex Alpharaoh, Ebony Noelle Golden and others.

“These phenomenal artists will share the joy, beauty and struggle of black women in a way that welcomes everyone while celebrating the uniqueness of our community,” said Hi-ARTS Executive Director Aaron L. McKinney . “We applaud the work and are honored to partner with and host BWP’s inaugural exhibition. We are committed to providing an experience that sets the bar for future BWP exhibitions and partnerships.”

“It is an honor to give members of Black Women Photographers the opportunity to take their place in the world of art exhibitions,” said Irungu. “It’s not too often that we get invited into these spaces, so I’m forever grateful to the amazing team at Hi-ARTS for believing in my work and the work of BWP.”

Center Focus opens April 11 with an in-person opening reception from 7-9 p.m. ET and concludes with a closing mix, April 29 from 7-9 p.m. ET. An intimate in-person and peer-to-peer chat with the exhibiting artists will take place on April 13 from 7-9 p.m. ET. This will also be recorded and streamed online at a later date. Gallery hours for the exhibit will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-6 p.m. ET and Thursdays and Fridays from 1-8 p.m. ET. All events will take place at Hi-ARTS in El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 at 215 East 99th Street in Manhattan.

The exhibition is free and open to the public on hourly registration. Attendees will have the option to make a donation at the time of registration to support both non-profit organizations.

To learn more about Hi-ARTS and secure show, reception or mix tickets, visit hi-artsnyc.org. Follow Hi-ARTS @hiartsnyc on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information on black women photographers, visit blackwomenphotographers.com or follow her at @blackwomenphotographers on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, @blkwomenphoto on Twitter and @black-women-photographers on LinkedIn.


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