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Black Archives is a photographic celebration and exploration of Black identity and experience through the twentieth century with more than 300 images of reunions, holidays, special occasions, and daily life, Black Archives captures the joy of everyday existence and its lasting impact through the generations.
“Browsing the book ultimately feels like looking through one immense family photo album. And that’s intentional.”—Essence Magazine
About the Brand
Renata Cherlise is a multidisciplinary, research-based visual artist who uses various mediums to explore themes of identity, family, and culture. Cherlise’s work seamlessly bridges her Southern upbringing with contemporary methodologies in digital and physical spaces while reimagining notions of the Black experience. Her family inspired her to create a collection of images showcasing the vibrancy and ordinariness of Black life thus the creation of Black Archives.