Qiana Mestrich

is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, writer, photo historian and mother. Mestrich’s work references Black mixed-race experiences from her perspective as a first-generation American born to parents from Panama and Croatia.

Her artwork has been exhibited worldwide including the London Art Fair’s Photo50 in 2018 and the BRIC Biennial Volume III in 2019. Mestrich’s work is held in the Peggy Cooper Cafritz collection of contemporary art and private collections in the United States.

Mestrich is the founder of Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography History (est. 2007), an arts initiative that aims to diversify the medium’s history by advocating for photographers of color. Dodge & Burn began as a blog and now functions as a monthly critique group in NYC. Mestrich is writing a book based on the blog’s past interviews to be published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
Mestrich's critical writing has been published in art/photo journals like Light Work’s Contact Sheet, En Foco’s Nueva Luz, ARC Magazine and SPE’s exposure. She is also co-editor of the book How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood (Secretary Press),  a diverse collection of honest responses from contemporary artists who dare to engage in the creative endeavors of motherhood and making art.

A graduate of the ICP-Bard College MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice, Mestrich received her B.A. with a concentration in photography from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an adjunct faculty in photography and social media at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY).

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