The Culturists
Hasani Browne and Anna Romanofsky

The Culturists is an immersive exhibition featuring video performances, photography, poetry and text based arts created by artists Hasani Browne and Anna Romanofsky. Browne describes the exhibition as a “display of hair costumes and photography based on interviews with fifty Black women about their hair experiences, highlighting the struggles and relationships of Black Women, using hair and hair care as vehicle. With Youtube and the Internet, we have more agency concerning our hair than ever before. We are the modern-day Culturists.”

The exhibition touches on ideas present within the Black community, such as Anti-Blackness, colorism, female identity and texture bias. It’s exhibition “The Culturists”, is a term coined by Madame C.J Walker, an African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist.

About the Artists
Hasani Browne is a recent graduate from SUNY Purchase College and winner of the President’s Award of Art and Design. Her work has been shown throughout New York, in galleries such as the Stood Forum Art Space and the Dolly Maass Gallery. Browne is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work is centered around elements of graphic design, sculpture, painting, and drawing.

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Anna Romanofsky is a current student at SUNY Purchase College, workingtowards recieving her BA in Painting and Drawing Major, with a minor in photography. Her work has been shown extensively throughout New York, including in the Stood Forum Art Space and the Dolly Maass Gallery.

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