Keisha Scarville is a photo and mixed media artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been included in exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Rush Arts Gallery, BRIC, Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts, and The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her work has appeared in publications including Vice, Transition, Nueva Luz, ARC, Small Axe, Oxford American, as well as, The Village Voice, Hyperallgeric, and The New York Times where her work has received critical review. She was awarded a grant through the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Community Arts Program. Keisha has also been awarded residencies at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Lightwork Artist Residency Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, the Vermont Studio Center, Baxter Street CCNY, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, Keisha is an adjunct faculty member at the International Center of Photography.

See more of Keisha's work at keishascarville.com

My work is about narratives that are triggered by absence. In my practice, I examine the materiality of absence and the subjectivity of the body within the void. I focus on the transformative impulse that informs how we reconfigure ourselves when we no longer have access to perceived anchor points. By engaging in a process of visual excavation, I explore the weight of histories embedded within objects, landscapes, and the body to address questions of belonging in the midst of negation. My work speaks to how these devices activate the imagination, inscribe our identity, and trigger what is hidden in memory.