Qiana Mestrich

Qiana Mestrich, OOAK Vintage Black Francie Doll, from The Black Doll Series, 2017

Qiana Mestrich, Sonneberg Black-Complexioned Bisque Doll with Character Expression, from The Black Doll Series, 2017

About the work

Qiana Mestrich (b. 1977, New York, to immigrants from Panama and Croatia) makes conceptual photographs, books, and installations employing archival and found photography, texts, and ephemera. Her research-driven practice is concerned with the (re)construction of family, self authorship (as a salve for alienation and displacement), and defying the imposed limits of race. The Black Doll Series (2017) is a collection of non-gestural, digital images rooted in the aesthetic tradition of geometric abstraction. Sourcing original imagery of “black vintage dolls” for sale on e-commerce sites like Etsy and eBay, the dolls have been abstracted beyond recognition and paired with their original item description as image captions.

About the artist

A photographer, writer, educator, digital marketer and mother of two from Brooklyn, NY, Qiana Mestrich (b. 1977) makes conceptual photographs, books, and installations by working primarily within autobiography but also employs archival and found photography, texts, and ephemera. Her self-published photo book, Hard To Place (2016), visualises a true story about race, family and adoption in post-war Britain.

In response to the discernible lack of representation in her photographic education, Mestrich founded the blog Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography History in 2007. The blog seeks to establish a more inclusive and diverse history of photography, highlighting contributions to the medium by and about people of underrepresented cultures. Mestrich is currently writing a book based on the blog to be published in 2018 by Routledge/Taylor & Francis. She is also co-editor of the book How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood (Secretary Press), now in its second edition. Mestrich received her MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice from ICP-Bard College.

www.qianamestrich.com/