Kira Joy Williams

Photograph of Kira Williams

Kira Joy Williams (she/her) is an artist, storyteller, and community builder based in Brooklyn, NY on occupied Lenape land. Kira strives to contribute positively and generatively to existing visual representation of Black people in the U.S. by creating archival materials in collaboration with the very people being represented. Through photographs and interviews with participants, she explores the ways members of the African diaspora make home in the face of systemic disempowerment and pervasive racism. Along with concepts of diasporic home, Kira’s art explores notions of safety, community, and belonging through visual media and stories. Her photographs and recorded histories exist in the wake of longstanding memory-work traditions that make sense of the present and construct a new future––one in which we all belong. Kira received a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in 2015 and is currently a Master's student at Gallatin. She is a member of Black Women Photographers. Kira believes wholeheartedly in the power of art, abundance, and mutual aid, and in her plant babies.