Longwood/ Hunts Point
Digital Art, Installation, Multidisciplinary, Painting
Please tell us of an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you or inspired you?
Carrie Mae Weems is a huge inspiration to me. Though she is a photographer, I love how she combines imagery and words to practice visual storytelling! One of my favorite series of hers is Not Manet’s Type, created in 1997.
Please tell us about a place in your neighborhood that is personally meaningful to you, and why?
My grandma is losing her memory and strength rapidly so she stopped cooking a while ago. The Jamaican restaurant, Back Home 2 on 169th street is significant to me because they have incredible curry goat and it reminds me of her cooking. I also really love being at La Finca del Sur. Each time I’m there, I learn something new.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Malanya Graham is a Bronx-based Black femme artist who works with paint and collage. She centers her practice on visually exploring queer aesthetics of self-determination, systems of Black hope and faith, and trauma-informed survival.