Kemet Alston is a young, talented photographer on the rise. He prides himself in providing an experience for each person on the other side of the camera lens. Kemet says, "I don't take pictures, I make memories.” Along his journey to becoming a professional photographer, he enjoyed the smiles he saw when friends and family viewed his work. Having graduated from Claflin University with a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications, Kemet provided services for his fellow scholars, served as the head photographer for the newspaper and the yearbook, and interned with a local newspaper in Orangeburg, S.C.
Over the past year, he has had the privilege of having some of his photographs selected online to be published in the SaportaReport. Kemet enjoys photography as a profession and as a hobby; it truly is his passion. Kemet believes, “You should see everything for its beauty.”
The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”
Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.
“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”
Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........