October 18, 2019 – January 18, 2020
DC—On Saturday, October 19th Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives welcomed over 250 guests for the opening of Profile Noire, an exhibition featuring 100 Black women photographed over a one-year timespan. The portrait series was created by award-winning DC-based photographer Rhonisha D. Franklin, who also curated the exhibition. Specializing in contemporary portraiture, Franklin finds the niche an impactful tool to showcase Black women’s beauty, power and regality. It
is her intention to impact the visual representation of women of color and showcase them sitting in what she calls their “seat of power.” Franklin also states that her work pulls from a place of vulnerability in order to break down walls of protection that have been built through years of experiences.
Profile Noire will be on exhibit through January 18, 2020.