The construct of “natural,” suburban, and rural landscapes are some elements which act as anchors to these works. Through complication and contrast these photographs delve into the meanings of terms and images related to the construct of Black, African, and African American identity. I am using the tools of the Black visual and verbal vernacular as catalysts to delve deeper into America’s social history and art iconography.
Based in Brooklyn, NY, Xaviera Simmons participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and earned her BFA in 2004 from Bard College. She has shown her work at Art In General in NYC, Real Art Ways in Hartford, Saatchi and Saatchi in NYC, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum ISP Open Studio in NYC, and at Takt Kuntsprojectraum in Berlin, Germany. Future Exhibitions include those at the Context Gallery in Ireland and Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Poland. Simmons was a guest lecturer at New York University and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She participated in artist residencies here at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2006, the Jamaica Center for the Arts and Learning in 2005, and will be a resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2007.