Peabody Essex Museum presents As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic - Texas Isaiah, My Name Is My Name I, 2016, from As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic...
Texas Isaiah, My Name Is My Name I, 2016, from As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic (Aperture, 2021). © Texas Isaiah

Peabody Essex Museum presents As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic

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On View: June 17-December 31, 2023
Location: Peabody Essex Museum, 1799, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A

Explore Black identity through a compelling compilation of photographs from African diasporic culture. Drawn from Dr. Kenneth Montague's Wedge Collection in Toronto, a Black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent, As We Rise looks at the myriad experiences of Black life through the lenses of community, identity and power.


Organized by Aperture, New York, the exhibition features more than 100 works by Black artists from Canada, the Caribbean, Great Britain, the United States, and South America, as well as throughout the African continent. Black subjects depicted by Black photographers are presented as they wish to be seen, recognizing the complex strength, beauty, and vulnerability of Black life.

Texas Isaiah, Liz Johnson Artur, Seydou Keïta, Deana Lawson, Jamel Shabazz, and Carrie Mae Weems, touch on themes of agency, beauty, joy, belonging, subjectivity, and self-representation. Writings by Isolde Brielmaier, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, Mark Sealy, Teka Selman, and Deborah Willis, among others, provide insight and commentary on this monumental collection.


Visit the link below for more info about the museum and its program.

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