04 February 2007

The She Shootin! Photography Collective

Five young African-American women photographers - Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Kerika Fields, Ava Griffiths and Nsenga Knight - have gathered themselves together to form The She Shootin! Collective. The women describe themselves as "emerging" but strike me as quite accomplished, individually and as a group. The poster above is from a show the collective staged last summer. They are curating yet another show at the Brooklyn Historical Society that opens in ten days.

© Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

A Drum Beats in Brooklyn: A Photography Exhibition Celebrating
the Drum-Based and African Influenced Traditions of Brooklyn


Brooklyn Historical Society, Independence Community Gallery
128 Pierrepont Street @ Clinton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
February 14 – May 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm


Five photographers visually cover several Brooklyn drum gatherings such as the West Indian Day Parade, J'ouvert, A Tribute to the Ancestors, Dance Africa, and the Drummer's Grove. Through photographic portraits and film documentation, as well as an essay, this exhibit will immerse the viewer in the communal culture that has been established in Brooklyn and depict how these events preserve African culture here. A Drum Beats in Brooklyn has been made possible by The Lily Auchincloss Foundation.

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