Baby, I got the Blues: Photographs by Azya Lashelle

January 18, 2022 - March 25, 2022

Throughout the exhibition, Baby, I got the Blues, color is used to explore the ways “blue” shows up within the Black community. For Azya Lashelle, there are multiple ways in which to experience the color blue. There is the phrase “blue-black,” commonly used to describe a person whose skin has gone so far beyond black that it looks blue. There is a state of emotional being, “Today I feel blue.” And there is the physicality and the act of turning blue, for example when one can’t breathe.

With the use of glass cyanotypes, Lashelle, aims to create transparency with the thought of what it’s like to be Black in America and placed between a space of visibility and invisibility.

Azya Lashelle was born and raised in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In 2019 she received her B.F.A. in Painting with a minor in Museum Studies from Michigan State University and is currently working towards her M.F.A. in Photography at Georgia State University. Her work explores the impact of racism on her own life and the Black community in America. Through an interdisciplinary practice, Lashelle navigates the transgenerational trauma of slavery on the contemporary Black psyche.