June 23, 2014

As of late.

© Danielle Scruggs

Turned 29 about 3 weeks ago. (Happy Solar Return to me.)

Photos from The District are currently gracing the walls of Affinity Lab, a co-working space on U Street. Reception will be on Thursday,  July 10, 6-8pm.

Help Pleasant Plains Workshop Residents get to (e)merge art fair! We'll be guest bar-tending at Thomas Foolery in Dupont Circle 6-8pm Monday, 6/23 to raise funds to participate in the fourth edition of (e)merge at the Capitol Skyline Hotel this October. All tips go towards our partcipatory fees. Stop by, have a drink, and support your local artists.

I will be displaying Collective Memory as part of REPRISE at Arlington Arts Center. Opening reception will be Saturday, July 12, 6-8pm.

Editing another interview to add to The Vanguard; very excited to post and share it soon.

May 18, 2014

On assignment: Howard University Commencement 2014

all photos © Danielle Scruggs

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure to shoot an assignment for Howard University: Howard University Commencement 2014.

My focus was mainly on the smaller moments of the graduates and their families.

Above are some of my favorite outtakes. There are more photos on Howard's official Facebook page here.

May 5, 2014

If We Came From Nowhere Here...

...Why Can't We Go Somewhere There?
-Sun Ra

The title of Mambu Badu's first gallery exhibit comes from the song "Imagination" by jazz musician/iconoclast/Afrofuturist Sun Ra. I do hope you'll join us on Friday, May 9th for the opening reception and on Saturday, May 24th for our curatorial talk. (More info on that coming soon.)

"Love is an illumination and it illuminates."
So said the legendary photographer, writer, and all-around genius Carrie Mae Weems at Weems Live at the Guggenheim Museum last week. The journey of Mambu Badu from a conversation on Twitter between three photographers in D.C. and California to two online magazines and a gallery show in the heart of southeast D.C. has truly been a labor of love. And to think, there's still more yet to come. And I am truly excited to share it with you all.

April 23, 2014

If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can't We Go Somewhere There? // opening Friday, May 9th

They Are A Reflection Of You, © Sienna Pinderhughes

If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? is a photography and video-based exhibit charting journeys into temporality, flux, and Afrofuturism as explored by self-identified women of black/African descent. 

Vivid Solutions Gallery, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020, inside the Anacostia Arts Center

FEATURED ARTISTS: Naima GreenDhool HassanDanielle Deadwyler, Sienna PinderhughesJanna IrelandCharmaine BeeBree GantNakeya Brown, Kali-Ma Nazarene, and Sonia Louise Davis & Ivan Forde.
I hope you can make it. I'm co-curating this with my MAMBU BADU ladies and we have received some truly beautiful, brilliant, and thought-provoking work. Can't wait to share this with you.