Melissa Alcena

Melissa Alcena

Melissa Alcena is a Bahamian portrait and documentary photographer based in Nassau, Bahamas. Her work often focuses on shifting the narrative around the Caribbean, and specifically The Bahamas. Alcena flips the script by directly engaging with the people of The Bahamas, putting them front and centre, showing them and her country as complex, sophisticated, and diverse. Her strong sense of color, of bright light and deep shadow, are purely homegrown, yet unexpected and nuanced. Reaching deeply into each of her subjects, she delves far beyond the surface to reveal the true nature of her sitter and the nation.

Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Melissa Alcena

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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