Stan Squirewell, Renee Cox among featured artists at Harlem Perspectives exhibit

NADINE MATTHEWS | 4/26/2018, 4:15 p.m.
Stan Squirewell’s work, along with that of Renee Cox and a number of other artists of color, is being presented ...
Image of Renee Cox’s “The Signing” on display at Faction Art Gallery’s Harlem Perspectives Faction Arty Gallery photo

Cox said about her art, “In short, it’s about the empowerment of women, particularly women of color as I am one. Producing images that I think are positive and that I think of a little Black girl being be able to say to herself ,‘Hey maybe I can do that, too.’”

The longtime Harlem resident was thrilled to see Faction open in the area not too long ago. She said, “I live literally down the block. When they opened it was like, ‘Wait a minute. What’s this? This looks like a legit kind of gallery.’” After checking it out, she decided she liked what she saw and went about the business of getting her work shown there.

“It’s good, you know they’re doing something in what I call ‘Black Harlem’,” she said.

Cox emphasizes that her work is for all kinds of people to see. “I certainly don’t discriminate,” she said with a laugh. “It’s great when Black people see it because—you know—maybe they can relate to it—you know—more. They have more of a sensibility of what that discourse is. But for me, it’s like it’s open because it’s also, especially with the kind of work that I do, I think, it’s good for white people because they get a little lesson in there. I’m not interested in turning us into victims. I’m interested in us winning at least in the photographs that I do. It’s like rewriting our own history, like they rewrite their history.”