The Washington Post: A D.C. Dream Day with artist Nekisha Durrett

Artist Nekisha Durrett.

In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District.

Artist Nekisha Durrett.
Artist Nekisha Durrett. (Sonnie B. Mason)

In Nekisha Durrett’s world, underrepresented voices are no longer hidden in the shadows, but idolized by the public. The 44-year-old artist uses her larger-than-life installations as a canvas to champion marginalized communities, commanding the attention of spectators who might have previously ignored these discounted groups.

“Sometimes when I’m making my work, I think of an 8-year-old version of myself who would have liked to have seen more representations of people who were a bit more like me,” says Durrett, who also teaches museum studies at Duke Ellington School of the Arts. “I didn’t see representations of women, or especially black women, or especially black queer women.”
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