November 2019–January 2021
Center for Community Engagement, 1st and 2nd Floors
Assemblage is a series of photographic group and individual portraits that challenges negative stereotypes of black and brown people of color. The internalization of negative portrayals by others is harmful, and these photographs are meant to counter that and instead empower Black men and women by representing their strength, resilience and unity. These images reveal their subjects as they see themselves, not as they've been portrayed by those who know little to nothing at all about them. The series demonstrates unity, while also highlighting variety—of style and posture, of age, of skin tone, etc. The images communicate that each person is an individual, but as individuals they are standing together. The images are both assertive and welcoming; while telling the viewer that this is our neighborhood, we are the authors of our own story, but you are welcome to join us, learn about us, and enjoy our neighborhood.