Allison works random day jobs, freelances as a graphic designer and photographer, prints entirely too many JSTOR articles, and is always on the hunt for a new bourbon.
What is your craft/career/creative expression?
We live in the space of photo-based art — from traditional fine art photography to mixed-medium to image appropriation.
How long have you been working at your craft?
MAMBU BADU will have its fourth birthday on September 20, 2014.
Danielle has been a photographer for most of her life, but didn’t take it seriously until around 2007, when she was 22 and a year out of her undergraduate studies.
Kameelah’s mother says she was asking a lot of questions, taking observation notes, and sketching since she could talk and hold a pen. Professionally? Five Years.
Yodith has been photographing since 2004 when she decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art Photography.
Allison took a darkroom course in 2001 and has been obsessed since.
Why do you consider yourself a Black Weirdo?
Danielle is a Black Weirdo because she has always resided in the margins of the margins. Always slightly offbeat and off-kilter and never quite in lockstep with what’s popular. Which she realizes is actually an ok thing.
Kameelah is a Black Weirdo because she approaches the world with the curiosity of a 7-year-old kid.
Yodith is a Black Weirdo because she always considered herself to be in two worlds, of two cultures, which sometimes leaves her on the outside of both. Raised in America by immigrant parents, she is as undeniably African-American as she is an Ethiopian in America.
Allison is a Black Weirdo because normality is the nemesis of creativity.
@mambubadu - twitter, tumblr, instagram, and FB
MambuBadu.com -main site
@dascruggs- twitter, instagram
daniellescruggs.com - portfolio site
blog.daniellescrugs.com -journal/inspiration repository
May 9-June 27: Group exhibition of photo and lens-based art at Vivid Solutions Gallery at the Anacostia Arts Center, opening May 9
- March 15-May 2: Work from my series The District is currently on display at the National Institutes of Health West Alcove Gallery
March 15-May 2: Work from my series The District is currently on display at the National Institutes of Health West Alcove Gallery
April 2014: Officially launching The Vanguard, an audio-visual exploration of the creative processes and practices of visual, literary, and performing artists in the D.C. Metropolitan area
July 2014: Solo exhibit of photographic work as part of DDAY Collective’s quarterly solo showcases