Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph
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November 10, 2020
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About the Author
Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator, critic, and historian based in London, and artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. He is the author of The Interview Project, an ongoing archive of recorded interviews, and coeditor of Cahiers d'Art.
Emmanuel Iduma is a Nigerian writer, editor, publisher, and art critic. He teaches in the MFA Art Writing Program at School of Visual Arts, New York City is the author of A Stranger's Pose, a book of travel stories, which was longlisted for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize.
Janet Hill Talbert is a jewelry designer and former book editor living in New York. A publishing industry veteran who spent more than two decades as an editor, Talbert served as vice president at Doubleday and founded the African American book imprint Harlem Moon.
M. Neelika Jayawardane is associate professor of English at the State University of New York at Oswego, and research associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg. Her work has appeared in Aperture, Frieze, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications, and she is a founding member of Africa Is a Country.
Arthur Jafa is a filmmaker and cinematographer whose work includes Love Is The Message, The Message is Death (2017), Happy Birthday, Marsha!, Sharifa Walks (2015), In the Morning (2014), and Dreams Are Colder Than Death (2014), I Am Ali (2002), Rouch in Reverse (1995), and Daughters of the Dust (1991). Jafa has exhibited his work at major institutions and galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; the Serpentine Galleries, London; the Vinyl Factory, London; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
Ming Smith was born in Detroit and raised in Columbus, Ohio. A self-taught artist and former model, in the 1970s, she published her early work in The Black Photographers Annual. Smith's work has been collected by and presented in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York; Brooklyn Museum; National Museum of African American History and Culture, and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; and Serpentine Galleries, and Tate Modern, London. Beginning in 2017, her work was included in the celebrated traveling exhibitions We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965 - 85 and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, as well as in Arthur Jafa's exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, which traveled from London to Berlin, Prague, Stockholm, and Porto, Portugal. In 2019, Smith's solo exhibition with Jenkins Johnson Gallery was awarded the Frieze Stand Prize at Frieze New York. Smith lives and works in New York.