Qiana Mestrich


Born in NYC
Based in New York
Founder/Blogger, Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography History, est. 2007


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Hard To Place, Booklyn Art Space (Brooklyn, NY), 2016
Inherited Patterns, NYPL Picture Collection (New York, NY), 2014 - 2015
The Namesake Series, The Project Space at Corridor Gallery/RUSH Arts (Brooklyn, NY), 2014
Trust Your Struggle, Sweet Lorraine Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), 2014
Dead Ringers, ICP-Bard MFA Studio Gallery (Long Island City, Queens), 2013

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Migration(s) and Meaning In Art, Meyerhoff Gallery at MICA (Baltimore, MD), 2020
Closets: Reimaging Identities While Embracing Memories, NYU Tisch (New York, NY), 2019
BRIC Biennial Volume III: South Brooklyn Edition, (Brooklyn, NY), 2019
Resolution is not the point., Photo50 @ London Art Fair (UK), 2018
Relative Material, NURTUREart (Brooklyn, NY), 2017
Bounce, sepiaEYE Gallery (New York, NY), 2017
Whitney Houston Biennial: Greatest Love of All, Chashama (New York, NY), 2017
Elective Affinities: A Library, 205 Hudson Gallery (New York, NY), 2017
Dress-Up, sepiaEYE Gallery (New York, NY) 2016
Welcome: Page by Page, CPW (Woodstock, NY), 2016
On Being Black, Arnika Dawkins Gallery, (Atlanta, GA), 2015
No Sleep Til Berlin, Josty Gallery (Germany), 2015
SPE Multi Cultural Caucus Film and Video Festival (New Orleans, LA), 2015
Post Partum Party, Rhombus Space (New York, NY), 2014
The Photographic Self, Woman Made Gallery (Chicago, IL), 2013
Octavofest: Celebrating the Book and Paper Arts (Cleveland, OH) 2012
Connections, Jenkins Johnson Gallery (San Francisco, CA), 2009

COLLECTIONS
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Washington, DC

CURATED EXHIBITIONS
Women as Witness, TI Art Studios (Brooklyn, NY), 2015

BOOKS (Self Published)
Hard To Place, Printed by Conveyor Arts, 2016
How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood (2nd Edition), Secretary Press, 2015
Some Kind of War, Handmade Book, 2013
How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood, Co-edited w/Michi Jigarjian, Secretary Press, 2012

LECTURES & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Photographing the Times: Identity, Migration and Displacement, London Art Fair (UK), 2018
Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography, Dillon+Lee Gallery, (New York, NY), 2017
Women in Photography and Filmmaking Panel, ICP (New York, NY), 2016
Fast Forward: Women in Photography Conference, Tate Modern (London, UK), 2015
Artists Talk on Art Panel (New York, NY), 2015
Qiana Mestrich, Susan Bright | An Artist Dialogue Series Event, NYPL (New York, NY), 2015
Curating Culture: Encouraging and Sharing Diverse Voices in Photography, Film Forum (New York, NY), 2014
Photography and Cultural Identity Seminar, International Center for Photography (New York, NY), 2014
Artist Talk with Sonia Louise-Davis hosted by Renee Cox, RUSH Arts/Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), 2014

COMMISSIONED WRITING
“A Photographic Frame Switching Between Cultures”, Catalog Essay for En Foco’s Dos Mundos Exhibition, 2020
Essay on Cian Oba-Smith’s Syracuse Series, Light Work Annual, 2020
“Envisioning A Black Maternal Authority”, Essay for Mae Preta Exhibition Catalogue (Brazil), 2018
“An Impossible Fecundity”, Catalog Essay for Hernease Davis’ Solo Show at Visual Studies Workshop, 2018
A Correspondence Between Marcia Michael and Qiana Mestrich, Contact Sheet 192 (Light Work), 2017
Guest Blogger, Baxter St/Camera Club of New York, 2017
Rhizomes issue 29: Black Holes: Afro-Pessimism, blackness and the discourses of Modernity, 2016
Commentary for Nueva Luz, Vol. 19 No. 2, 2015
Profile on Artist Alana Clarke, ARC Magazine, Issue 8, 2013
Commentary for Nueva Luz, Vol. 16 No. 3, photo journal of En Foco, 2012
Ayana V. Jackson interview, ZAM magazine (Amsterdam, NL), 2012
Interview with Lorna Simpson, Aliem magazine, 2012
Profile on Marcia Michael, Journal of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), 2012
Guest Blogger, NY Photo Festival Blog, 2012
"Chester Higgins Jr. and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn in Conversation with Qiana Mestrich", exposure, Journal of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), 2010
Guest Blogger – Black Star Rising, Blog of Black Star photo agency, 2009

PUBLICATIONS (Commerical Photography)
Cuisine Noir Magazine (Oakland, CA), 2013 - 2015
Palisade Magazine (New York), 2007
SIRIUS Satellite Radio website & marketing promotions, 2006-2008
The Journal News (NYC), 2006
Metro, (NYC) 2005

SELECTED PRESS
Ideas Series Interview, Photoworks, 2018
Visual Arts Journal, School of Visual Arts Magazine, Spring 2017
"Gaining Identity Through the Archive", Afterimage, Vol. 44, no 1 & 2, 2016
Lenscratch, 2016
Mixed Roots Stories February Commons, 2016
The LPV Show Podcast Interview - Episode 3.4, 2016
"How Do Artists Juggle Motherhood & Art?", Mater Mea, 2015
"Qiana Mestrich's "Inherited Patterns" at Mid-Manhattan Library, The Library as Incubator Project, 2014
"50 Awesome Photography Websites", Feature Shoot, 2014
Conversation Thread #1 with Nandita Raman, CCNY/Baxter St Blog, 2014
Interview for The Candid Frame Podcast, 2012
Cruel and Unsual Exhibition Newspaper Catalogue, Noorderlicht, 2012
fototazo.com's f100, 2011
ChiqClicks.com Interview, 2011
Brooke, Pete, “Get to Know Our Favorite Photo Bloggers”, Raw File (photo blog of Wired magazine), 2010

TEACHING & RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Guest Faculty, ICP-Bard MFA (New York, NY) - 2019-Present
Adjunct Faculty, Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY, (New York, NY) - 2017-Present
Artist Professional Development Consultant, Joan Mitchell Foundation (New York, NY) - 2016-Present
Associate Director, Digital Content & Engagement, ICP (New York, NY) 2014 - 2016
Teaching Assistant, School of Visual Arts (New York, NY) 2012
Founder/Editor, Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History 2007-Present

AWARDS
IPPIE Award for Print Media, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 2013
Director's Fellowship, International Center for Photography, 2011-2013

EDUCATION
M.F.A. International Center for Photography-Bard College (New York, NY)
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY)
©Qiana Mestrich 2011-2020 and Beyond!