Amir

About

"To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time." James Baldwin

My practice focuses on challenging social norms and representation while exploring the intersectionality of economics, politics, activism, religion and Blackness. As a Black man, I have seen the generational effects of systematic oppression. As a visual artist, I was struck by how many images depicted of my community were taken by interlopers. This led me to create images countering mainstream tropes dictated by Western Epistemology.

My work aims to diversify the traditional canon of photography by using images to spark culturally relevant conversations. Studying literature, in particular historical fiction, widened my perspective. I now experiment with new forms of storytelling using narrative, fiction, and time to address historical and systemic factors informing my work.

Involvements

UCSD Visual Arts MFA Candidate 2023
Master of Fine Art in Visuals Art
SF Camerawork Artist
San Francisco Camerawork: See How Beautiful I Am - Benefit Auction 2020
Eddie Adams Workshop 2020 Student
Photojournalism workshop
New York Portfolio Review 2020 Participant
New York portfolio review produced by New York Times photo department.
ZANJ Founder
Community-driven art movement that provides established and emerging artists of color gallery space and representation
First Exposures Mentor
A nationally recognized youth photography and mentoring program in the San Francisco Bay Area
Howard University Alumni
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Government

Exhibitions

East Gallery Claremont, California
SoCal MFA Exhibition 2021
Common's Gallery San Diego, California
VAF Main Gallery San Diego
Photo Alliance San Francisco, CA
Chrysler Museum Norfolk, VA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Center of Photography Los Angeles, California
Southern Exposure San Francisco, California
Mpls Photo Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
1090 Bryant St. San Francisco, California

Press Image Features & Articles

Teachers College Press
Post News Group
About Place Journal