Selections from the 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year exhibition by Njaimeh Njie. Pictured here are excerpts from the series “Self-Preservation,” which explores the history and present of Black Pittsburgh by mapping its residents onto the physical landscape of the city.
Homecoming: Hill District, USA
Digital & Archival Vernacular Photography
“Homecoming” is a public art project based in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The work consists of a network of public art installations, as well as an interactive digital story map. Through recording oral histories, taking new photos, and collecting old photos and archival materials, Njie explores how residents past and present have made the neighborhood home.
Black in France
Imagery shot in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University professor/filmmaker Mame-Fatou Niang’s research on Black Muslims in France.
Power(ed) by Grace: Musings on Black Womanhood
Digital Photo & Video
A multimedia documentary exploration of black womanhood in Pittsburgh.
Samples from the documentation of protests in response to the many injustices of the current political/cultural moment.
Compilation of short films directed, edited, and produced by Njaimeh Njie.
African in America: Building a Creative Bridge
Doc short about Gambian-born artist Saihou Njie’s use of art and food to connect the cultures of his two homes. 2015.
Power(ed) by Grace: The Series
Teaser for “Power(ed) by Grace: The Series”—a five-episode exploration of black women’s experiences in Pittsburgh. 2015.
A Day in the Life of a Hashtag
Three young, black Pittsburgh residents discuss how Black Lives Matter manifests in their everyday lives. 2015.
Fantasy short centering the impact of life in a gentrifying city on a young black man. 2016.
Digital Photo Montages
Series of installations developed in the “Homecoming: Hill District, USA” public art project. Digital images printed onto Sintra material, mounted to wooden frames, and applied to brick. Imagined as “pop up rooms,” the installations serve as sites from which to imagine gatherings of Hill District residents past and present. The first installation is on August Wilson’s childhood home, and the second on a forthcoming arts center in the Hill District neighborhood.