Domia D.D. Edwards is currently a student at the Roski School of Art and Design at U.S.C.’20 with a concentration in photography, where her work has been recognized with exhibitions at the Lindhurst Gallery, Los Angeles (2017 and 2018). Domia has obtained additional training at the University of the Arts London (Spring, 2019), and awarded a coveted internship at the Yale Norfolk School of Art (Summer, 2019).
Domia’s work reflects the wide scope of the African diaspora through black and white introspective of family life (ala Carrie Weems’ “Table Series”) in her pictorial discussions of the triumphs and tribulations of parenthood with young families in her “Young Parent Series,” to medium format color representations of staged settings, such as her “Olympia’s Maid” series, a contrasting play on Manet’s Olympia.
Gender fluidity is another topic of interest where Domia explores human relationships such as her “Boys Don’t Cry” series where the power of the ocean surf is stilled within the tender gazes of humanness, oblivious to the push and pull of forces. An Atlanta native, Domia graduated from Woodward Academy in 2015, where her photography has received numerous first place awards in city-wide juried exhibitions.
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........