Performance Review by Endia Beal
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9.5 x 12 vertical, hardcover; ~60 color images; 128 pages; $50.00
Performance Review, the first monograph by North Carolina-based artist, educator and activist Endia Beal, brings together work from first-hand experiences that highlight the realities and challenges for women of color in the corporate workplace.
Beal’s widely-published videos and photographic series, including “Am I What You’re Looking For?” “Office Scene,” “Can I Touch It?” and “9 to 5” are presented in a book sequence that highlights the ambitions, challenges and negotiations that women of color navigate within the workplace.
Beal’s signature directness and visual intelligence engages viewers of varying generations and backgrounds in dialogues that accept there is much to questions we push forward during the social evolutions of our time.
The book includes an introduction by Beal’s contemporary and colleague Whitney Richardson, former producer and writer for The New York Times “Lens” photography column among other roles, and now Global Events Manager for The New York Times in London. A reference section at the back of the book highlights elements of Beal’s extensive and ongoing work providing diversity training in the academic and corporate spheres.
Endia Beal (b. 1985, and now resides in, Winston-Salem NC) is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonials that examine the personal stories of women of color. She lectures about these experiences, which also addresses bias in corporate hiring practices.
Her work has been exhibited in several institutions including the Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC; the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture in Charlotte, NC; and the AIPAD Photography Show, Open Society Foundation, and Aperture Foundation, New York. Her work is in several private collections.
She is a 2019 Fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and recently completed a residency at Harvard Art Museums. Beal received grants from the Magnum Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, among others. Beal holds a dual B.A. in art history and studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Yale University.