Grace Aneiza Ali
Grace Aneiza Ali is the founder and editorial director of OF NOTE, one of the first online magazines focused on global artists using the arts as catalysts for activism and social change.
In 2014, she received the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship in partnership with Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art for the upcoming exhibition, “Guyana Modern,” which will feature a new generation of photographers from Guyana and its major diasporic communities in New York, London and Toronto.
She’s an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York, CUNY and the recipient of the “Outstanding Faculty of the Year” award for 2013-2014.
In addition to her critical commentary on contemporary photography, Grace currently hosts the “Visually Speaking” series (curated by Terrence Jennings) at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center, which examines the state of photojournalism through the lens of photographers and image-makers.
Grace was born in Guyana, South America and immigrated to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Guyana continues to inform her worldview. Her portfolio includes several multi-media projects aimed at contributing to the artistic and cultural production of Guyana and its diaspora.
Having grown up surrounded by a culture of illiteracy among women and girls, Grace is also committed to Girls’ Education in developing nations, with much of her advocacy work rooted in Guyana, India, and Ethiopia.
She holds an M.A. in Africana Studies from New York University, where she was the recipient of the Henry MacCracken Fellowship, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated magna cum laude. Grace attended Queen’s College while in Guyana.
AWARDS & HONORS
2014, Images and Voices of Hope (IVOH) Media Award, for “Outstanding media project that shows a commitment to constructive change.”
2014, Guyana Cultural Association Award, for “Outstanding accomplishment in contemporary media.”
2014, The City College of New York (CUNY), Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, for “Outstanding Faculty of the Year.”
2014, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship, for curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art.
TALKS | LECTURES
“Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture: Artistic Visions of Global Citizenship,” Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, June 12, 2014.
“Transformative Arts,” 36th Annual Fulbright Association Conference, Washington, DC, October 5, 2013.
“How Can Absence Be a Catalyst for Social Change?” Global Engagement Summit, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, April 19, 2013.
“Creative Resilience,” World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013, Davos, Switzerland, January 25, 2013.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences,
The City College of New York (CUNY) 2008 – present.
“Professor Ali is an excellent and gifted teacher who thinks deeply about the work at hand, as well as the best techniques and strategies to build students’ critical thinking. She sets up a sophisticated yet non-intimidating classroom, successfully bringing all students into the conversation, even the most reticent ones.” ~ David Eastzer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The City College of New York.
- World Literature: The Evolving Canon
- The African Novel
- Women Writers, Post World War II
- Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
- African-American Literature
- Writing New York
THE ‘VISUALLY SPEAKING’ SERIES
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York City.
The Series examines the state of photojournalism through the lens of contemporary photographers and image makers.
Curator: Terrence Jennings. Host: Grace Aneiza Ali.
1. Contemporary Photojournalism in America, October 1, 2012. [CSPAN video]
2. Photographing a Culture via the Pages of EBONY, January 29, 2013. [Ebony.com video]
3. Women Image Makers, April 29, 2013. [En Foco blog]
4. The Image as Catalyst for Social Change, November 12, 2013. [Schomburg Center]
Grace Aneiza Ali, “A Guyana Worldview: Photographers Keisha Scarville, Nikki Kahn, Roshini Kempadoo, Sandra Brewster,” Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Volume 17, #3, Fall 2013.
Grace Aneiza Ali, “A Return to Roots: Photographers Elizabeth Moreno, Cecil McDonald, Jr., and Kevin J. Miyazaki,” Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Volume 16, #2, Summer, 2012.
Roshini Kempadoo, “Gazing Outward and Looking Back: Configuring Caribbean Visual Culture,”
Small Axe (2013) 17(2 41): 136-153.
A selection of projects aimed at contributing to the artistic and cultural production of Guyana—within the nation’s borders and throughout its diaspora.
1. Envisioning Guyana: Portraits from the Land of Six Peoples (1830 – 1930) — A digital archive of images from Guyana’s periods of slavery, post-slavery and indentured servitude. [forthcoming, 2014]
2.“A Guyana World View: Four Guyanese Women Photographers,” Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, Volume 17, #3, Fall 2013
3. Girls’ Education: “The Girl with the Notebook,” by Grace Aneiza Ali, OF NOTE magazine, Spring, 2013.
4. Visual Art: “Ingrid/Zora: In Conversation” featured in 102: 100 Ways of Looking at the World, Leiroy Neiman Art Center, November 2012 – January 2013.
5. “The Guyana Issue,” OF NOTE magazine, Summer, 2012.
6. Short Film: “A Story of A Guyanese Family: Grace Ali,” Digital Diaspora Project, Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, Spring, 2012. [photos]