Black Joy & Resistance with Adreinne Waheed
What can be deemed as a visual representation of Maya Angelou’s, “And Still We Rise,” through her camera lens, Adreinne Waheed’s Black Joy & Resistance masterfully captures, “The Souls of Black Folks,” and the majesty that flows outward when we tap into our true authentic selves. Black Joy & Resistance chronicles this resistance and celebrates all that is joyous and magical about the culture that binds people of color throughout the diaspora. Join photographer Adreinne Waheed and Curator/Gallerist Anyka Barber for a lively conversation about Black Joy & Resistance – the book and exhibition – on view at Betti Ono through June 8, 2019.
Adreinne Waheed is a photographer, photo editor and archivist based in Brooklyn, NY and Berkeley, CA. She has been making images since age 13. Her photography currently appears in the inaugural issue of Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Fader, The Crisis, Scholastic, and Time Inc. Books. She has exhibited at Rush Arts, The Corridor Gallery, The Underground Museum, and the Long Gallery, Harlem. As photo editor, Waheed has produced and directed numerous shoots for publications including Vibe, King and Essence. Her photo research work can be seen in the recent books Prince: A Tribute to his Royal Badness and Black Women in Hollywood: A Salute to Trailblazers at the Oscars. In 2010, Adreinne created the Waheed Photo Archive, an extensive collection of found portraits of the African American community from the Civil War to the present. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) acquired the archive in 2015. Selected images from this collection and a related essay can be found in NMAAHC’s latest book, Everyday Beauty.
Born and raised in Oakland, California Anyka Barber is a mother, an artist, activist, curator, and entrepreneur. In 2010 Anyka founded Betti Ono, a creative social enterprise and center for arts, culture, and community. Betti Ono is committed to the cultural, economic, social and political emancipation of low-income, immigrant and LGBTQ communities of color. Betti Ono celebrates the culture of everyday people and values art-making as a form and function of activism, self-determination, community transformation, and cultural resilience.