Artist Interview Series: Sonia Louise Davis

Sonia Louise Davis speaks about her series tracing(s) belonging(s) on the same Harlem streets that inspired her photographs in the latest installment of our Artist Interview Series.

Tracing(s) belonging(s) is currently on view at Aguilar Library/NYPL as part of En Foco’s Touring Gallery Program through September 30, 2012. Join us Saturday, May 12 at 1pm for an opportunity to hear her thoughts about the series and ask questions about her work. The talk will be followed by a reception from 2-4pm.

Over the past year and a half I have been making images in and about Harlem with a 4×5 monorail camera. I’m drawn to the physical shooting process, moving slowly through the streets around my apartment in an attempt to weave my own story into the visual fabric of my neighborhood. I take Harlem as my subject and context, and my practice is both documentary and autobiographical. Drawing on collective memory and family history, I’m interested in framing the personal past in this mythic and everyday place. –Sonia Louise Davis

For more about the artist:

Exhibition Information:

February 1–September 30, 2012

Artist Talk:
Saturday, May 12 from 1:00 to 2:00pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 12 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Aguilar Library/NYPL
174 East 110th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues)
New York, NY 10029
(212) 534-2930

M & W, 11:00-6:00pm; Tu & Th, 11:00-7:00pm;
Fri & Sat, 10:00-5:00pm

One thought on “Artist Interview Series: Sonia Louise Davis

  1. Tracing (s) belonging (s) is an awesome, straight from the heart work by an artist whose portfolio is both diverse and rich. Sonia Davis is not the first artist to be inspired by the streets of Harlem. This neighborhood has inspired true legends such as Bob Dylan and U2. Although the influence of Harlem is primarily in the music industry, yet the area need ubiquitous in all art forms. Sonia’s idea of walking through the streets and capturing anything and everything is inspired. I am not an artist but i have another idea which would polish this collection even further. The stills can be taken and made part of an animated movie with a soundtrack. The effect would be an entire journey though the streets of Harlem within seconds.

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