Marilyn Nance

Marilyn Nance

Marilyn Nance has produced images of unique moments in the cultural history of the US and the African Diaspora. While serving as the photographer for the US delegation of FESTAC ’77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, Nance made one of the most comprehensive photographic accounts of this landmark Pan-African festival of arts and culture. Marilyn Nance: Last Day in Lagos, published 2022, is a focused study of Nance through an archival encounter with her documentation of FESTAC.

Nance is a two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Library of Congress, and has been published in A World History of Photography, A History of Women Photographers, and The Black Photographers Annual. She lives in New York.

Headshot of Marilyn Nance©️RaFia Santana.

Current Events Featuring Marilyn Nance

Jun 152024

MFON Global Symposium: Presence & Preservation

The one-day symposium will include a series of panel discussions, featuring scholars, artists, curators and centered around archiving and elevating the voices of women and non-binary of photographers of African descent, as part of Photoville’s annual Festival in New York City.

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