‘Visually Speaking’: A worldview from Guyanese photographers


A post by Peter Jordens.

Visually Speaking: A Worldview from Guyana (panel discussion)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium

515 Malcolm X Boulevard

New York, NY 10037

Many contemporary depictions of Guyana and its people—whether via the image or the written word—continue to center on the exotic, the colonial, and the touristic. Award-winning photographers Nikki Kahn and Keisha Scarville will share their artistic visions and portfolios and explore their ongoing work to tell Guyana’s stories and to counter historic and contemporary stereotypes about the former British colony and its wide-reaching Diaspora.

Nikki Kahn, born in Georgetown, Guyana, is currently a photojournalist at the Washington Post. In 2011 she shared the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography with her Washington Post colleagues Carol Guzy and Ricky Carioti for their series ‘Haiti’s Profound Sorrow,’ featuring portraits of grief and desperation after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her website is http://www.nikkikahn.com.


Keisha Scarville, a Brooklyn native by way of Guyana, is a fine arts photographer. In her work she weaves together themes dealing with memory and transformation often photographing her family and common everyday objects in a very conceptual and poetic way. Currently Keisha is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Her website is http://keishascarville.com.

Visually Speaking is a photographic conversation series focused on highlighting the works and life experiences of photographers and industry insiders through their distinct visual lens and insight. It is moderated by Grace Aneiza Ali (founder of OF NOTE online magazine, http://www.ofnotemagazine.org/grace-aneiza-ali) and curated by Terrence Jennings (http://terrencejennings.photoshelter.com).

The original announcement by the Schomburg Center is at http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2014/04/24/worldview-guyana.

Relatedly, see: ‘A Guyana Worldview’ in Nueva Luz 17:3 (Fall 2013), http://www.enfoco.org/programs/nuevaluz/download/NL17-3_kahn_lowres.pdf

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