Community Baptism, Baba Ishangi Leads Exercise

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Nance’s photographs examine ways that people of color practice religions connected with their African heritage. In Community Baptism, Baba Ishangi Leads Exercise, Nance presents a nontraditional scene of a group of men, women, and children on a beach, mostly barefoot, who take part in a rite of renewal. The photographer’s shadow at the lower right reveals that she, too, is part of the image.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Community Baptism, Baba Ishangi Leads Exercise
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sheet: 16 x 20 in. (40.7 x 50.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Figure group
  • Landscape – New York
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Ceremony – religion – baptism
  • Recreation – sport and play – exercising
  • Portrait male – Ishangi, Baba
  • Landscape – beach – Riis Beach
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