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Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year: Njaimeh Njie
 
I Refuse To Be Intimidated By Your Ignorance by Njaimeh Njie
Friday, September 28, 2018 to Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Emerging Artist of the Year award recognizes an individual forecasted to make a significant impact in the arts as their career progresses. This year’s winner, Njaimeh Njie, is a Pittsburgh-based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Working across photo, video, writing, and curating, her work is rooted in social justice and cultural enrichment. Njie is the Founder/Lead Producer of Eleven Stanley Productions—a nonfiction storytelling company. As the creator of the multimedia series Power(ed) by Grace, her work has earned coverage from outlets such as the Huffington Post, the Carnegie Museum of Art blog, and Blavity, and has exhibited in cities including Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and New Orleans.

 On the Daily

On the Daily is a multimedia exhibition created by photographer/filmmaker Njaimeh Njie. Njie supplements documentary photographs with audio, text, and video to explore how black Pittsburgh residents are navigating life in the city’s current liminal moment; a period of uncertainty, transition, and the possibility of transformation. This exhibit centers the routines, reflections, and forms of resistance that manifest in the lives of black Pittsburghers--in turn representing the diversity of Pittsburgh’s black population, while also compiling a collection of lived experiences that complicate the narrative of the city’s livability. Ultimately, On the Daily preserves a piece of black contemporary life to provide a foundation from which black futures can be imagined. By holding space to reflect on a moment that’s still unfolding, this body of work presents an opportunity to interrogate if and how what comes next for a city can be better than what is, and what has been.

 

About the Artist:

Njaimeh Njie is a Pittsburgh based photographer, filmmaker, and multimedia producer. Working across photo, video, writing, and curating, her work is rooted in social justice and cultural enrichment. Njaimeh is the Founder/Lead Producer of Eleven Stanley Productions—a nonfiction storytelling company. As the creator of the multimedia series Power(ed) by Grace, her work has earned coverage from outlets such as the Huffington Post, the Carnegie Museum of Art blog, and Blavity, and has exhibited in cities including Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and New Orleans.

Njaimeh’s work expanded into the public sphere with the Temporary Placemaking and Public Art Commission through the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies, where she is developing a neighborhood wide public art project in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. She has also gained international experience through documenting black Muslim life in Paris. In 2016 Njaimeh was named to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 40 Under 40 List, and in 2018 she was named a Creator of the Year by the Creative Industries Network. A Pittsburgh native, Njaimeh earned a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.Ed in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Source: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts'

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