Black in Denver (2018-2020) is a portrait and interview series that explores people, space, and place. Employing the art of the interview and portrait photography, the ethnographic research project explores Black experiences in Denver, Colorado and seeks to promote self-inquiry, raise awareness about the power of being one’s self, and challenge stereotypes created by media hegemony.
Series participants offer poignant, poetic, and revealing accounts of Black life in Denver, ranging from the importance of community building to taking up space in an ever-evolving city. As a whole, the series reveals that (1) Denver’s Black community fosters a subculture of authenticity and (2) supports the notion that Black people are not a monolith.
Narkita’s concept for the Black in Denver installations is three-fold: (1) it leverages themes from the series; (2) it is inspired by a vision for a future that celebrates differences, similarities, and interconnection; (3) illustrates the beauty and plurality of Blackness. The project, which features 100 Denver locals and transplants, has been exhibited at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, MCA Denver, History Colorado, RedLine Contemporary Art Center, and more.
Narkita is a researcher, visual artist, and poet who works in a variety of disciplines, including image, installation, text, and social practice. Her work champions healing, love, authenticity, liberation, interconnection, and peace. Her projects entangle the political and the spiritual, and center marginalized voices from the past and the present, and imagines them in the future.
I honor and acknowledge that I am on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Ute nations.