ALL.US.WE. Exhibit

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When: Back to Calendar » December 13, 2012 @ 2:30 am – February 25, 2013 @ 12:00 am
Where: ImageNation's RAW SPACE
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard
New York,NY 10027
Cost: Complimentary Admission
Contact: 212-694-2887
Categories: RAW SPACE

ALL.US.WE. Exhibit

“Do you have Blacks too?” asked George W. Bush, of the President of Brazil

ALL.US.WE is a mediation on colorism and culture throughout the African Diaspora. Comprised of two distinct exhibits, ALL.US.WE juxtaposes Yaba Blay’s (1)ne Drop Photo Exhibit with CELEBRATE BRAZIL featuring works by Andre Cypriano and Cannon Hersey.


The One Drop project features portraits of Black men and women whose physical appearances reflect and refute conventional notions of Blackness. CELEBRATE explores Afr0-Brazilian identity, culture and humanity through the lens of celebrated Brazilian photographer Andre Cypriano and Cannon Hershey, a prolific  Anglo-American artist and internationalists whose collaborative works seek and achieve a spiritual connection to the global Black experience.


About Yaba Blay

Dr. Yaba Blay is a teacher-scholar of Africana Studies. As a researcher and ethnographer, she uses personal and social narratives to disrupt fundamental assumptions and expectations about cultures and identities. As a cultural worker and producer, she uses images to inform consciousness, incite dialogue, and inspire others to action and transformation.

Dr. Blay is the recipient of a 2010 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant through which she embarked upon her most recent multi-platform project, (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race. Inclusive of a full-color portrait essay book (forthcoming), online exhibition, and traveling exhibition and lecture, (1)ne Drop explores the interconnected nuances of skin color politics and Black racial identity. She is currently a Consulting Producer for CNN Black in America 5 –“Who is Black in America?” – a television documentary inspired by the scope of the (1)ne Drop Project.

Click here to read more about Dr. Blay


About Andre Cypriano

A native of Brazil, André Cypriano was born in 1964 and educated in São Paulo with a university degree in business administration. Concerned with environmental issues, he contributed time and effort as the administrator of “Salva Mar” Save the Sea – a Brazilian organization dedicated to save the whales in North Brazil.

In 1990, one year after relocating to the U.S., André began to study photography in San Francisco. He has since completed several projects which have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. He has published four books – The Devil’s Caldron (Cosac Naify), Rocinha (SENAC Editoras), Quilombolas (AORI) and Capoeira (AORI). His work is part of several collections such as MAM-SP, Coleção Pirelli / MASP de Fotografia, Museu Afro Brasil and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

As part of a long term project, Cypriano began to document traditional lifestyles and practices of lesser known societies in remote corners of the world with a slant toward the unique and unusual. His portfolios have been extensively used in educational projects.

Currently, André Cypriano lives between New York and Rio, and continues to be involved in social and cultural activities.


About Cannon Hersey

Cannon Hersey is a photographer, writer and producer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art, economy and the public in unique and unexpected ways, bringing business development, event creation and populace marketing experience to the process. Over ten years, Cannon has worked across non-profit, private sector and communications to explore the meaning of culture and commerce in the modern global world.

As an Artist, Cannon has exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including Lincoln Center, NYU, Vassar College, MoCADA, Earth Pledge Foundation, ImageNation’s RAW SPACE, the Johannesburg Art Foundation and the Sao Paulo Bienale and is collected by major collectors around the world. He has been written about and written for many publications including Trace Magazine, Chronogram, Arts Link, Vogue RG, Bomb, O Estado de Sao Paulo, The Daily News, Time Out, Institutional Investor, Tinktur Magazine and all major Johannesburg Newspapers.

Cannon Hersey conceived and founded CrossPathCulture (CPC) in 1999, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global community building through the arts. As the executive director of CPC, he organized and produced more than 50 exhibitions, festivals and educational programs in conjunction with other non-profit organizations, including the Museum of Modern Art, PS1, African Film Festival/New York, the Johannesburg Metropolitan City Council and the Market Theater, South Africa.

Cannon Hersey is the grandson of Pulitzer Prize winning writer and educator John Hersey and theater producer and political voice, Frances Ann Cannon and the son of Artists John and Diane Hersey.

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