2021 Artist

Nicole Goodwin

“The Sky is Beautiful Series” Currently, I am venturing back into the world of amateur photography, by utilizing unorthodox tools, such as a phone camera (instead of the latest camera technology) in order to take disarming, and positive B & W photographs of people (mainly Black and Brown individuals, couples and families in Harlem) and landscapes all over New York City. The name of that project is called “The Sky is Beautiful.”

Biography

Nicole Goodwinaka GOODW.Y.N. is the author of Warcries, as well as the 2020 Pushcart Nominee, 2018-2019 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient, the 2018 Ragdale Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship Recipient, 2017 EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow as well as the 2013- 2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Literary Fellow. She published the articles “Talking with My Daughter…” and “Why is this Happening in Your Life…” in the New York Times’ parentblog Motherlode. Additionally, her work ‘”Desert Flowers” was shortlisted and selected for performance by the Women’s Playwriting International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2015.

Artist Statement

“The Sky is Beautiful Series” Currently, I am venturing back into the world of amateur photography, by utilizing unorthodox tools, such as a phone camera (instead of the latest camera technology) in order to take disarming, and positive B & W photographs of people (mainly Black and Brown individuals, couples and families in Harlem) and landscapes all over New York City. The name of that project is called “The Sky is Beautiful.” “The Sky is Beautiful,” which are 23 pictures that I took everyday of Black and Brown pedestrians living in East, West and Spanish Harlem. The photos were inspired by Langston Hughes and Roy DeCarava’s fictional photo-essay book “The Sweet Flypaper of Life,” as well as Hughes’ poem “My People.” Overall, the plan regarding the project is to put these photos together with text (fictional prose and poetry) in order to create a unique experience within the form of an art book that displays the beauty and mystery that still thrives within the lives of Harlem’s original peoples.

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