Photo credit: Courtesy of the artist
Ijeoma D. Iheanacho was born in Fort Worth, Texas. As a child she lived in distinctly unique spots in the South like Tucson, Arizona and Charlotte, North Carolina. She left the South to attend Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Upon completing her degree, she relocated to New York City and began parallel careers as an architect and visual artist. She uses her training as an architect to create photographic installations that are designed to arrest the body while the eye is focused on the photography, thus intensifying the viewing experience. She has been exhibited throughout New York City in spaces like Art for Change Gallery, Local Project, The Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx Art Space, and La Vuelta. Her early series, Cloth, has been accepted into the Photographs and Prints Collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is currently producing her largest installation to date, the re-imagining. This work will be the culmination of her more focused work with identity and the Black female image. She is creating a 300 image installation that will allow 100 Black women to re-represent themselves based on their journey to reclaim and reaffirm their personal identities.