Good Mirrors Aren't Cheap: A conversation with Ming Smith and Delphine Diallo.

Good Mirrors Aren't Cheap is a multi-generational dialogue series that centers POC narratives - bringing the work and untold stories of a largely ignored and homogenized demographic to the forefront.

Each conversation explores contemporary, economic, socio-political and cultural issues, with creative expression as the undercurrent. Through these dialogues, we aim to learn from one another and reimagine new possibilities.

On Wednesday December 19th, artists Ming Smith and Delphine Diallo explored how individuals understand their identity through portraiture and the role photography plays in shaping one’s personal sense of self and possibility. The conversation was facilitated by Dani Kwateng-Clark.


Ming Smith, known for her evocative black and white images of urban black life and in-action portraits of black cultural figures, began her career as a photographer in the 1970s. At the time of its founding in 1963, she was the only female member of Kamoinge collective whose goal was to challenge negative representations of African Americans in photography.Represented by Steven Kasher Gallery, Smith's work is currently on display at Brooklyn Museum's A Soul of A Nation exhibition.

Delphine Diallo is a French and Senegalese photographer based in New York City. Named by the Smithsonian as "Photography's Emerging Stars," Diallo combines artistry with activism through analog and digital photography, collage and illustration, 3D printing and virtual reality technologies. Her work aims to create a space where consciousness and art are a shared universal language.

Dani Kwateng-Clark is the senior culture editor at Broadly (VICE's digital identities vertical) and founder of The Volta, an e-commerce site that sells goods from women of the African diaspora. Her passion is, and has always been, to highlight the stories of Black women in art, fashion, and pop culture.

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December 19, 2018
7:00 pm — 9:00 pm

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