Sierra Odessa
Sierra Odessa

Featuring: Freedom Allah, Jean Andre Antoine, Sade Boyewa El, Tyrell Holland, Ariella Imena, Abigail Montes, Sierra Odessa, Oluwaseye Olusa, Tony King Redman, Kate Sterlin

Faces of Harlem is a multi-site outdoor photography installation curated by founder Sade Boyewa El and Kate Sterlin, featuring portraits of our friends and neighbors in Harlem—a documentation of who we are today, 100 years after the Harlem Renaissance. In early 2021, longtime-Harlemite Sade Boyewa El invited nine other photographers to create portraits of our people from this beloved neighborhood—in hopes of inspiring meaningful conversations, fostering connection, and bridging some of the many visible gaps in our community.

Faces of Harlem will be presented across four parks in Harlem: Morningside Park, Jackie Robinson Park, Marcus Garvey Park, and Rucker Park.

Link To Website For All The Artist Bios


  • Faces of Harlem

    Faces of Harlem

    Faces of Harlem seeks to act as a cultural mediator—presenting work and people that are often underrepresented in Harlem with a particular emphasis on highlighting the neighborhood’s African American and diasporic cultures. In disinvested, low-income communities of color, art acts as a tool for strengthening cultural identity and processing trauma. Faces of Harlem will facilitate an understanding of the past by envisioning a shared, more equitable future through the power of photography and oral history.

Faces Of Harlem

 archive : 2021

Featuring: Various Artists

Curated by: Sade Boyewa El Kate Sterlin

Presented by: Faces of Harlem
  • Faces of Harlem

Supported by:

  • NYC Parks


View Location Details Harlem Historic Parks

Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park, Jackie Robinson, Park Ruckers Park

Location open 24 hours

Faces of Harlem is exhibited as part of NYC Parks’ Art in the Park program and generously supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Duggal Visual Solutions, LTI Lightside Photographic Services, Photoville, Ilford, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lomography, Morningside Park, Shrine, Silvana, and Melba’s.

This website was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership of Photowings