A LITTLE ABOUT ME
Golden (they/them) is a Black gender-nonconforming photographer, poet, curator, & community organizer raised in Hampton, VA (Kikotan land), currently residing in Boston, MA (Massachusett people land) and Brooklyn, NY (Lenapehoking land). They currently hold a BFA in Photography from New York University (2018). (Full Bio Here)
WHAT AM I UP TO?
Work In Progress
Golden is currently working on their self-portraiture series On Learning How to Live, splitting their time between Boston, MA, Brooklyn, NY, and their hometown of Hampton, VA. They're also curating their first solo exhibition I'M NEVER ALONE supported by Brookline Arts Center and the Collective Futures Fund.
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Opening October 28th, 2023
I’m Never Alone, Golden’s debut solo exhibition, maps the artist’s connection to Black aliveness through their ecosystem of chosen & blood family over the past 60 years. This multi-medium installation brings together the fabrics of Golden’s award-winning self-portraiture series On Learning How to Live and their debut poetry collection A Dead Name That Learned How to Live. Exploring the languages of self & collaborative portraiture, family photo albums, sibling-made sculptures & fashions, visual odes & poetics, and the architecture of Black homemaking.
By elevating the mundane, the human matter, and our makers, this exhibition highlights the tension between home & history, friend & family, audience & company. Shrinking the miles & years between Hampton, Virginia, Pocomoke City, Maryland, and Boston, Massachusetts to showcase that Black queer life has always been here. Forebearer to our own nations, foraging our own forgiveness, finding freedom inside & outside the home.
"An honest lyric, a mighty harpoon straight from the heart, Golden’s debut full-length, A DEAD NAME THAT LEARNED HOW TO LIVE weaves poems, family photographs, & self-portraits to share a journey of survival & living in the American south. Exploring themes of loss & legacy, nation & love language, forgiveness & fortitude, Blackness & being, Golden continually asks: What shifts within & around us when we choose to name ourselves & our kin here—our tragedy & triumphs, our human failures & feelings, our desires to be free?
Released on their parent’s 30th wedding anniversary (August 29th, 2022) as a dedicated love letter & living archive, this debut is an awe & ode towards southern Virginia & Eastern Shore Maryland, Black family pasts, presents, & futures, to Black queer beginnings & belongings outside and within the family home."