Sarah Stefana Smith’s photo-based practice is a recursive exploration of blackness, femininity, and history. She creates photographs, collages, and photo-weavings that are informed by her interest in conceptual art, embodiment, and narrative in feminist and black art traditions. Her art-scholarship communicates between the fields of black art and culture, queer and affect, visuality and aesthetics.
Sarah was a recipient of an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation, an Ontario Arts Council Grant, and the John Pavlis Fellowship as an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. She most recently was the recipient of the Bremen International Student Fellowship at the University of Bremen in 2013. Her photographic work has appeared in Mambu Badu’s, a Photography Collective of African Diaspora Women, self-titled issue (2013) and in the twenty-year retrospective Sistagraphy: A Different Eye: Sistagraphy Celebrates 20 Years of Photography (2014), an Atlanta based photography collective of African American women.
Her publications include “Composite Fields (2015) on ‘Nothingness’ and Mu” in Drain Journal and “Appetites: Destabilizing the Notion of Normalcy and Deviance Through the Work of Wangechi Mutu and Octavia Butler” published in Ruptures: Anti-colonial and Anti-Racist Feminist Theorizing.
She is a current Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Africana Research Center and the Department of African American Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She completed her Phd in 2016 in the Department of Social Justice Education (formerly: Sociology and Equity Studies in Education), OISE at the University of Toronto. She has an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Goddard College in Vermont.
Sarah Stefana Smith, Arrowhead 2014