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B. United States
Qiana’s work confronts legacies of white supremacy and histories of erasure. Her intimate family pictures build a genealogy of Black motherhood, celebrating domestic life and building allegorical and spiritual allusions from everyday experiences. These images of her son dancing suggest early moving pictures and motion studies. Here, he is animated as if in flight, with youthful exhilaration and endless freedom.
Qiana Mestrich is a photography-focused, interdisciplinary artist based in New York. Born to parents from Panama and Croatia, Mestrich’s work often references Black, mixed-race experiences from her perspective as a first-generation American. A graduate of the ICP-Bard College MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice, Mestrich received her B.A. with a concentration in photography from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an adjunct faculty in photography and social media at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and is represented in New York by sepiaEYE gallery. She has been exhibited worldwide including the London Art Fair’s Photo50 in 2018 and the BRIC Biennial Volume III in 2019. Mestrich’s work is held in the Peggy Cooper Cafritz collection of contemporary art and private collections in the United States.
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