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Artist Feature #2: Nancy Musinguzi

Nancy Musinguzi is a visual artist currently dedicating her practice to documentary photography and photojournalism. Musinguzi’s background in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science as well as a personal relationship to the history of African American documentary photography, has significantly influenced the subversive sincerity of her visual practice.

“From Jamel Shabazz to Gordon Parks, Carrie Mae Weems to Debra Willis, I saw Blackness portrayed in ways that were sobering, telling of the times, all captured through genuine eyes. These pioneers in Black visual art taught me how to create and remember, think critically by using living facts and timestamping history with my voice.”

She understands that the responsibility of rendering minorities with integrity and complexity shouldn’t solely be left to mainstream media. She seeks to subsume people of color into the broader conversation of beauty, through documenting their everyday life. The subjects in her photographs speak to communal pain and the continuous struggle for justice for many in America. Like her predecessors, Musinguzi uses her camera to capture the disturbing, and the alluring. Much of the subjectivity in Musinguzi’s work demands that there be a balance of representation on all media outlets. And while most can simply identify the angst in Nancy’s work, it is the glimmer of hope in her subjects eyes that command your undivided attention.

For more information on Musinguzi’s work check out her website: http://www.nmusinguzi.com/

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