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Pen + Brush – Black Matrilineage, Photography, and Representation: Another Way of Knowing Book Launch

Family Community Culture Education Business


6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


Pen + Brush
29 East 22nd
New York, NY 10010

We are excited to present the official NYC launch of “Black Matrilineage, Photography, and Representation: Another Way of Knowing.” Join us at Pen + Brush on Feb 23rd, 6 pm – 9 pm to celebrate this five-year project with over 40 international contributors that honor Black Motherhood through essays, archival images, poems, and contemporary photography.

Black Matrilineage, Photography, and Representation: Another Way of Knowing draws on a wide range of scholarly inquiry and contemporary art, specifically photographic representation of Black motherhood, mothering, and mutual care within Black communities. Join us on February 23rd at 6pm to celebrate the launch of this amazing resource and collection at Pen + Brush.

The essays, and interviews, paired with a curated selection of images, this volume addresses the complicated relationship between Blackness and photography and in particular its gendered dimension, its relationship to health, sexuality, and digital culture. With forty international contributors, this visual exploration of Black motherhood through pictures made by Black woman–identifying photographers serves as a reflection of the past and a portal to the future and contributes to recent scholarship on the complexity of Black life and Black joy.

This book emerges from the project Women Picturing Revolution. For more information, visit womenpicturingrevolution.comBlack Matrilineage, Photography, and Representation: Another Way of Knowing was published by Leuven University Press, and contains 66 b&w photos, 30 color photos.

Short bios:

Lesly Deschler Canossi is a photography educator, cultural producer, and co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution. She is faculty at the International Center of Photography, New York.

Zoraida Lopez-Diago stands at the intersection of visual, social, and environmental justice; she is a photographer, independent curator, activist, and co-founder of Women Picturing Revolution.

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