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Fridman Gallery is happy to announce its inaugural curator-writer in residence, Niama Safia Sandy, who will organize a group exhibition this summer, Alternating Currents, and contribute essays to Milford Graves' and Dindga McCannon’s catalogs.



Niama Safia Sandy

Niama Safia Sandy is a New York-based cultural anthropologist, curator, producer, multidisciplinary artist and educator. Niama’s work delves into the human story, often with stories of the Global Black diaspora at its center.


She currently hosts and produces a weekly conversation series FOR/FOUR, featuring Black women and non-binary persons in the arts and culture. Niama recently helped found The Blacksmiths, a new coalition of culture workers standing together to forge support for Black liberation against anti-Black racism in the academy and at presenting institutions. Through her work with The Blacksmiths, Niama has produced resources and public events engaging communities, activists, artists across disciplines, and more to close the gaps in appropriate opportunities for Black artists, curators, and administrators on the global stage. 


Additionally, Niama is a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a group of women and non-binary artists who bring song to life in the spirit of activism, collective joy and resistance. She has presented work, and convened panels at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Creative Time Summit, Harvard University, Oberlin College, Rhode Island School of Design, Prizm Art Fair, UNTITLED & more. She has written for Artsy, Active Cultures LA, MFON: Women Photographers of the Black Diaspora, NAD NOW, and many other outlets. Niama is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute.

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