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Xaviera Simmons | the artist






The artist Xaviera Simmons
Born 1974, New York, USA.
Lives and works in New York City, .

Style and technique of the artist: Greater New York, Video, Performance Art, Photography, Photography - Documentary,


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Simmons is a historian who knows that things are as much and as little now as they have ever been, and that the proper approach to the past begins within the present moment, as much as the present can be found lurking it the shadows of the past...

Simmons, as an artist, doubles down. She captures the fiction/truth dialectic as well as anyone, dis-articulating assumptions about the quietly composed and staged images she makes. She’s a Brecht of the photographic endeavor. In her work, Simmons is not so much documenting the performance before the camera, but the performance itself. In one image from the series If We Believe in Theory, Simmons captures a young girl in the woods dressed like Little Red Riding Hood. It’s an example of Simmons using the suggestion of performance to capture the explicit and contradictory nature of individuality...

Xaviera Simmons completed a BFA in Photography from Bard College after spending two years of walking pilgrimage retracing the Atlantic Slave Trade. She participated in the studio program of the Whitney ISP while also completing a 2 year actor training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio...

For three weeks this past June, multimedia artist Xaviera Simmons transformed the streets of the Bronx into an outdoor portrait studio as part of Public Art Fund's program for emerging artists, In the Public Realm. The project, Bronx as Studio, was equal parts sidewalk games, classic photographic portraiture, and performance art. Simmons invited passersby to participate and to be photographed engaging in various activities ranging from chess, hopscotch and three-card Monte to soapbox speaking and Double Dutch...

In her first work designed for theater, visual artist Xaviera Simmons combines audience interactivity, experimental electronic sound, photography, video, movement and text work. This world premiere event is a part of the artist's continued exploration into landscape, history, performance and play. Much of the inspiration of this work comes from Jibade-Khalil Huffman's newly published collection of poems, 19 Names For Our Band, from Fence Books, a look into youth culture and rock 'n roll...

Xaviera Simmons thoroughly examines and engages a range of familiar topics, including landscape, history and community. In her newest photography series, titled “A New Era Americana,” she photographs passersby in front of pastoral backdrops on city streets, creating an uncertain and conflicted portrait. In works like these, Simmons uses visual cues to challenge the notion of a constructed identity...