"Forgetting is not a luxury afforded to us. Our past is present in every stitch of our existence and I honor each thread through photographic visibility and visual archives."
Ireashia Monét is a Chicago-based photographer, multimedia artist, and emerging filmmaker. In their work, Ireashia uses the camera as a weapon against erasure, silence, and the invisibility of marginalized communities and stories. They combine participatory media making, auto-ethnography, and collaborative co-authorship as methods of excavation and exploration of black queer narratives.
COLUMBIA COLLAGE CHICAGO
B.A. JOURNALISM, 2015
"Photography and film are my sites of resistance through the personal, historical and cultural documentation of Black existence. I weaponize visual art to combat invisibility, silence, and misrepresentation of Black, queer, disabled, and marginalized people. Whose voices haven't we heard? This question haunts me and holds weight in my work. Thus, I produce short films, audio collage, and photoessays which endeavor to confront themes such as black queer identity, black bodies as sites of trauma and resilience, erotica, Afro-futurism, and black spirituality. I utilize archival audio, photo and video in order to deepen and conceptualize these themes as seen throughout Black diaspora history. Forgetting is not a luxury afforded to us. Our past is present in every stitch of Black existence and I honor each thread through photographic archives and visual representation. My photographs serve as a loud declaration: We are still here and thriving."
"Being black and queer has interjected me with the venom of purpose; making everything I do a type of stroke of magic. I am an involuntary magician, turning pebbles into flowers and bigotry into fluffy, white rabbits. It turns my speech into poetry. It transforms my romance into revolution. It makes my sexuality a wild act of liberation. It shifts my mere existence into purpose. It turns my art into magic."
-- Myles E. Johnson for Mused Magazine
Exhibitions & Showcases
The Pearls My Mother Gave Me Opening Reception and Showcase, Build Coffee Chicago IL
The Pearls My Mother Gave Me, HUME Gallery Chicago IL
Perform. Self/Reflect, Stony Island Arts Bank Chicago, IL
#RESISTANCE, #RESILIENCE Museum of African American History Boston, MA
Old Black Magic Showcase Chicago Art Department Chicago, IL
Collected Voices Film Festival Chicago, IL
QUEER, ILL & OKAY, Storefront Theatre Chicago, IL