Photographer's Note

Portraits of New York XIII

Portals is an diptych art work of Njideka Akunyili Crosby. It was part of the exhibition: Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney's Collection.

I like it, how the two ladies almost become part of the artwork.

Artist: Njideka Akunyili Crosby (1983-)
Title: Portals
Date: 2016
Medium: Acrylic, solvent transfer, collage of fabric and paper, and colored pencil on paper
Dimensions: Overall: 83 5/8 × 206 in. (212.4 × 523.2 cm)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby's diptych is layered with portraits, most prominently the artist's self-portrait at left. The scène is an invented domestic space that f uses details of Akunyili Crosby's Nigerian upbringing wilh those from her life in the United States, where she has lived since 1999, On the right-hand side are framed pictures of multiple generations of her family-the artist's parents, her in-laws, her grandmother, and her own wedding. Commemorative portrait fabric—a customized material often made for special events in Nigeria, in this case the artist's mother's senate campaign-functions as part of the architectural backdrop of the diptych,

Akunyili Crosby's work routinely combines elements drawn from the United States, postcolonial Nigeria and pop culture, and family life in this way. As she explains, "l want to put the viewer in this space of confluence, of multiple things.... It is this space where disparate elements come together, and the new space that comes out isn't just this plus this—it's like a whole new identity."

Make: SONY
Model: ILCE-6300
Software: PaintShop Pro 19,00
Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 2500
Focal Length: 18 mm
Date Taken: 2016-08-02 13:02
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 6684 kb

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