As an Oakland native, black woman, African culture has a rich influence in Avé’s home town. This is what inspired the photographic journey in search for where Avé’s ancestors have landed in the African Diaspora. Keep it Diasporic: Colombia is the first series of photos taken with a 1980’s film camera. The idea behind the use of film photography is to convey a timeless quality in the photos through darkroom development. Capturing light and movement gives diversity in how Avé views her subjects. Avé’s intention is to inspire black people around to the world to creatively explore their African ancestral roots.
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About Avé-Ameenah Long
Avé was born on November 3 1988, and lives in Oakland. Raised by her single father and grandparents, Avé knew at a young age that she was an artist. She took her first dance and theater class at the age of 11 at Jefferson Elementary school and since has continued to seek creative outlets. Avé mainly focused on Theater throughout her teenage and young adult years. She attended Laney College, where Avé began focusing on West African and Haitian folkloric dance. She has performed and co-curated a variety of dance show. Recently Avé began film photography as way to creatively explore her African ancestry and preserve our rich and diverse history.
About the Ramp Gallery
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Image courtesy of Ave–Ameenah Long