PNC Bank Black History Month Arts Honorees Include Fahamu Pecou, Sheila Pree Bright, Dr. Doris Derby
Fahamu Pecou is an American visual artist and scholar known for producing works that combine aspects of Fine art and Hip-hop as commentary on Popular culture. Most of his works engage representations of black masculinity and identity. Fahamu describes his art this way "My art raises questions about the types of images and representations that come to inform contemporary readings and performances of Black male masculinity. By engaging with various stereotypes and misconceptions about Black men–both those imposed and those assumed–I attempt a critical intervention concerning the visible and invisible threads that make up our collective understandings of Black identity."
Sheila Pree Bright was born in Waycross, GA. Her initial interest in photography began while taking a photojournalism class during her senior year of college. She moved to Atlanta in 1997 and received her MFA from Georgia State University in 2003. Bright later earned national acclaim when she won the Center Prize at the Santa Fe Center of Photography in 2006 for her Suburbia series which features images of African American suburban life. In 2008, she premiered her first solo exhibition at the High Museum of Art, featuring her series Young Americans.
Dr. Doris Derby is an activist, documentary photographer and retired adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Georgia State University. She was active in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, and her work discusses the themes of race and African American identity. She was a working member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.), as well as co-founder of the Free Southern Theater, Her photography has been exhibited throughout the United States. She is also mentor and partner to young artists creating documentaries with students and leading the next generation to find their voice through artistic endeavors.