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Oneika Phillips/ Jim Petrozzello
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT: Collaborating dance and photography to facilitate conversations focusing on transforming race relations, the representation of people of color in art and the power of art to heal and re-write history.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Called "The first Grenadian woman on Broadway..." Brooklyn resident Oneika holds dual degrees in Dance Performance and Business Management from Shenandoah University and Conservatory, Virginia. Oneika's Broadway credits include the Tony award winning FELA! Amazing Grace (The Musical), and as assistant to the choreographer on the critically acclaimed, Violet.

James Petrozzello is a photographer living in Brooklyn, New York. While finishing his BA in History at Washington University in St. Louis, he took a black-and-white photography course and was instantly hooked on the medium. In 1999 he took a full-time assistant position in New York with the legendary portrait photographer Arnold Newman. He continued assisting for top fine-art and commercial photographers including Nadav Kander, Jose Picayo, and George Holz. In 2008 he started shooting on his own full time. His commercial clients include Fila, the New York Yankees, and Major League Baseball. His portraits and photo essays have appeared prominently in the best-selling books Yankee Stadium: The Official Retrospective and A Race Like No Other, and been on the cover of multiple issues of Yankees Magazine and the New York Daily News. His personal projects include Fela Queens, and he is currently working on an exploration of Caribbean Carnival. His commercial, editorial, and fine-art photography is inquisitive, humanistic, sensitive, and technically sophisticated.

The Magdalena Series is a collaborative effort between Artistic Director and dancer, Oneika Phillips and photographer, Jim Petrozzello. The work came about after a discussion about police violence, and the impact of violent imagery and prejudice on communities of color. We gained a voice through art at a time when we felt voiceless and powerless.
 








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