Bio: Stephanie Santana is a textile artist, fine art printmaker, illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Through the use of archival family photographs and documents, her work explores themes of interiority, identity and cultural preservation, traversing the space between memory and the physical evidence of Black life.
Santana's work has exhibited nationally and is currently held in both private and public collections, including Getty Research Institute and Smith College Museum of Art. Additionally, her work has been featured in publications such as Pressing Matters, Printmaking Today (Journal of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers) and SPOOK Magazine. Her illustrations are featured in the film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (The Criterion Collection, Official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), and have been commissioned by clients such as Apple and Nike. She currently serves as Communications Director for Black Women of Print, a homeplace for Black women printmakers.
In this talk: Drawing upon the Akan philosophy of Sankofa, which translates to "it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind," we will consider the archive as a dynamic tool for preservation and self-determination. Textile artist and printmaker Stephanie Santana will share an overview of her current practice using archival family photographs, as well as a survey of public resources and archivists working with both traditional and alternative methods. We'll end the discussion with tips for maintaining your own archive and a Q+A session.