About the Artists

Kwesi Abbensetts (b. Guyana, 1976) is a New York based Photographer/Visual Artist and 2016 NYFA Fellow who hails from South America off of the Corentyne coast of Guyana. He is a self taught visual artist, who started playing with the medium of photography in 2006. His work has since matured, shooting portraiture, fashion, art photography and experimental short films. His photography work stands firmly within the modern contemporary aesthetic, enhanced by his West Indian origins – the colors, the sun and the vibrancy. He’s recently been awarded the 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Photography Award as well as the 2016 Film Africa Artwork Competition. He has been included in art fairs, museum and gallery exhibitions such as A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark (2017); Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore (2011); African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Festival, London (2011); Aljira, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, New York (2010); and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York (2010).