"What does it mean to be a black woman in America?"
That's the question posed by Njaimeh Njie's Powered by (G)race, a multimedia exploration of contemporary black womanhood. Last week, a selection of photos from this ambitious project went on view at the Energy Innovation Center in the Hill District. This exhibition came together through a collaboration between Radiant Hall (secured the funding), the EIC (supplied the space), and cultural producer Casey Droege, who connected us with the artist and curated the selection. We are pleased to be able to share this powerful work with the EIC's tenants, students, staff and visitors.
Njie, a Pittsburgh-based multimedia producer, set out to collect images, videos, and statements from her subjects. She not only hopes to expose black women's ongoing struggle to be recognized and respected, but also aims to create a platform for black women to share their own narratives. Her project is driven by a set of urgent practical concerns that link art and social change. As Droege put it in her curator's statement, "From the political to the mundane, this selection of candid portrait images in this powerful series encourages conversation about the issues that impact, influence, and inspire black women within this community."
NJAIMEH NJIE: POWERED BY (G)RACE
Energy Innovation Center, Level B
1435 Bedford Avenue [at Crawford]
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
On now through September 30, 2016, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 5 pm. Closed weekends and holidays.
Directions and parking
Take the main elevator to Level B. Parking on Bedford Avenue or in west side parking lot. For more information about parking and accessibility, please call the Energy Innovation Center at 412-802-6780.
Media or press inquiries
Contact Alex Oliver, Radiant Hall Studios, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the artist
Njaimeh Njie is a multimedia producer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She freelances as a videographer, photographer, writer, and curator, working with individuals and organizations focused on social justice and cultural enrichment.
Beyond her creative work Njaimeh is an educator, a solo travel expert, and an advocate for diversity in film. Her ultimate goal is to bridge the gap(s) between art, education, and technology to build stronger, more connected, and more innovative communities.
Njaimeh is available to direct and/or produce video pieces for groups and individuals, to photograph events and portraits, and to write for web based and print media. She is also open to collaborating on other creative projects in which her skill set can be utilized.
About the curator
Casey Droege is a cultural producer and artist. Her work moves between social practice and curatorial ventures. CSAPGH, co-founded in 2013, is part of a national network of art CSAs, selling limited edition artworks by local artists. SIX x ATE, which she founded in 2012, is a popup series that highlights six artists with short talks over a themed meal. All of her projects, including these examples, focus on creating an accessible art experience that is relevant to a national/international contemporary art conversation. She crafts every detail of her projects - the collaborating artists, the timing, the food, the space, the signage- to ensure a meaningful experience on many levels.
Droege worked her way through a BFA from the School of the Art Institute and years later and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of the Arts. She currently participates in acadamia as an Assistant Professor at AI Pittsburgh and Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Recent exhibitions include: Threewalls, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit MI, Passerby, Los Angeles CA and Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA.
This exhibition was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.