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November: Câmi Thomas

with Bino and Maleeha Samer

reflect / project is pleased to present the November exhibition from St. Louis artist Câmi Thomas, Tuko Sasa, with supplementary work from artists Bino and Maleeha Samer, selected by Thomas.

Tuko Sasa, which translates to “We are Now” from Swahili, is a short experimental film by St. Louis–based artist Câmi Thomas. Though much of Thomas’s earlier work took the form of documentaries and digital collages, Tuko Sasa signals a shift towards open-ended, non-linear filmmaking. Alternately whimsical, enigmatic, and pregnant with meaning, Tuko Sasa is the artist’s expression of the Black experience across the diaspora.

Tuko Sasa

Featured Artist: Bino

Statement from Bino: My goal through photography is to express self-reflection, transparency, and personal experiences of being a Black American. By controlling lighting and composition, I share my perspective of myself and the world around me. With my work I seek to provoke emotion and encourage the viewer to not only see my work but to think about and imagine what it means to be Black in America.

Bino, Dark Boy, 2019; photograph, 8 x 10 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Bino, Portrait of a Woman, 2019; photograph, 8 x 10 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Bino, Quarantine Self Portrait, 2020; photograph, 8 x 10 inches; Courtesy of the artist.

Featured Artist: Maleeha Samer

Through her fine art photography, Maleeha Samer explores the values, relationships, and fleeting moments that occur in different cultures. The biggest influence on her work stems from her Pakistani American background. Exploring and balancing Eastern and Western culture guides her in perceiving and interacting with those around her.

Maleeha Samer, 1400 Year Old View, 2019; digital photograph, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Maleeha Samer, Feminism is Alive, 2019; digital photograph, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Maleeha Samer, Migration, Another Pilgrimage, 2019; digital photograph, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Maleeha Samer, Never Alone, 2019; digital photograph, 4 x 6 inches; Courtesy of the artist; Maleeha Samer, Revolution, 2019; digital photograph, 16 x 24 inches; Courtesy of the artist.

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