Lorraine O’Grady’s work as an artist, writer, and critic presents hybridized notions of beauty and identity to rediagram the politics of diaspora. Since the early 1980s, O’Grady has challenged racial and sexist ideologies in performances and photo installations that combine both opposition to philosophies of division and exclusion, and humanist studies of women throughout history.
In Miscegenated Family Album (1980-1988), the artist created a series of diptychs, juxtaposing photographs of her sister and nieces with images of Egyptian queen Nefertiti and her daughters. The obvious visual resemblance makes evident the continuity of a shared cultural heritage across thousands of generations, connecting the histories of countless peoples.
Lorraine O’Grady was born in Boston, MA, and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Selected solo projects have been presented at Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria (1999); Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY (1998); and The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (1996), among others. O’Grady’s work has also been included in Between the Lines, Daniel Reich Gallery Temporary Space at Hotel Chelsea, New York, NY (2006);Love Supreme, La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France (2001); and Déjà Vu: Reworking the Past, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY (2000).