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A 2005 Whitney Independent Study Program alumna, Brooklyn-based artist Xaviera Simmons combines twenty-first-century media with traditional art forms, encompassing photography, performance, video, and installation. Her works--often collaborative and interactive--flesh out ideas surrounding constructed memory, idyllic landscape, and community engagement. During Fall 2008, YI teens participated in gallery discussions with Xaviera and museum staff, exploring the exhibition William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 and what it means to be an artist in a community. Xaviera facilitated a photography project in which YI teens were instructed to go out and document the communities with which they identified. These photographs were compiled into a final collection and made into a bound portfolio.
Learn more about Xaviera’s work (external link)