S*an D. Henry-Smith in conversation with Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Ayanna Dozier
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S*an D. Henry-Smith in conversation with Sasha Phyars-Burgess and Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Moderated by Ayanna Dozier.

S*an D. Henry-Smith, what the fire left behind, 2016, archival inkjet print

Saturday, March 6th, 5pm EST


White Columns, with artist S*an D. Henry-Smith, is pleased to present the fourth and final virtual event celebrating the artist’s exhibition, “in awe of geometry & mornings”.

For this event Henry-Smith, Sasha Phyars-Burgess and Kameelah Janan Rasheed will come together for a conversation moderated by Ayanna Dozier.


Ayanna Dozier is a writer, lecturer, curator, and artist working at the intersections of film, photography, and performance. She recently received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. She is the author of Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope (2020) and was a 2018–19 Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Studies Program. Her most recent film installation, Cities of the Dead, will premiere at The Shed as part of their Open Call Exhibition in the summer of 2021.


Sasha Phyars-Burgess


Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) grapples with the poetics, politics, and pleasures of the unfinished and uncontained. She is invested in Black storytelling technologies that invite us to consider ways of [un]learning that are interdisciplinary, interspecies, and interstellar. Engaging primarily with text, Rasheed works across different substrates and compositional fields. She works on the page, on walls, and in public spaces to create associative arrangements of letters, words, and shapes that invite an embodied and iterative reading process. She is the author of two artist books, An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019) and No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019). www.kameelahr.com

About “in awe of geometry & mornings”:

“in awe of geometry & mornings” brings to scale a selection of ten photographs drawn from Wild Peach, Henry-Smith’s collection of poems and photographs published in Fall 2020 by Futurepoem. The artist describes Wild Peach as an exploration of nonlinear, non-narrative time through what they identify as a sonic offering of image and text – a sensory amplification of the natural world and life in all of its transitory states – challenging poetry and photography to work together without illustrating one another.

Henry-Smith’s images have emerged from a long-standing process of witnessing what they have described as “the abstractions of the available.” The photographs themselves exist within a larger constellation of works made across several years and in different locales including: Goosenecks State Park, UT; Catskills, NY; New Orleans, LA; and Brooklyn, NY, among others.

“in awe of geometry & mornings” is currently on view at White Columns through March 6th.

Copies of Wild Peach available for purchase here: https://www.futurepoem.com/books/wild-peach

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