Nydia Blas: We the Girls Who Spun Gold

Gold foiled frame around a photo of five young women sitting at a picnic table.
Work by Nydia Blas
Three people seated and smiling in the front of an auditorium, with people seated behind.
Nydia Blas, left, with family members, before her lecture in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Woman with glasses and hoop earings gesturing with her hands and speaking.
Nydia Blas lecturing in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
Man wearing a pink baseball cap gesturing and speaking in a public setting.
Students responded to Blas's work during the question and answer period following her lecture. William Staffeld / AAP
Woman on left listening to a young woman speaking and gesturing with other woman in the background.
Blas spoke with students following her presentation and Q&A session. William Staffeld / AAP
Work by Nydia Blas Nydia Blas, left, with family members, before her lecture in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP Nydia Blas lecturing in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP Students responded to Blas's work during the question and answer period following her lecture. William Staffeld / AAP Blas spoke with students following her presentation and Q&A session. William Staffeld / AAP

Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York, with her two children. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently serves as the executive director of Southside Community Center, a historically Black community center in downtown Ithaca. She uses photography, collage, video, and books to address matters of sexuality, intimacy, and her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. Blas delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary.

Blas is a recipient of the 2018 Light Work Grant, and her new series Whatever You Like is currently represented by Over the Influence gallery in Los Angeles. Her work is featured in the book Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. In the summer of 2018, she taught a class titled Photography as a Tool, for the Image Text M.F.A. program at Ithaca College. She has completed artist residencies at Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. She has been featured in the New York Times, New York magazine, Huffington Post, Dazed and Confused magazine, Strange Fire Collective, Lenscult, Yogurt magazine, PDN, Fotografia Magazine, and Vogue.

Abstract:

Nydia Blas will explore the ways in which she came to create work that is dependent upon her experiences of being a Black girl, woman, and mother growing up in Ithaca, New York.

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