Naima Green (b. 1990) is a Brooklyn based artist and educator. Her artwork and research explores Blackness, perceived cultural identity, belonging, green cities and urban design. Green completed a fellowship in the Bronx Museum's Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program (2016). She was an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center (2015) and recipient of the Myers Art Prize at Columbia University (2013). Green earned her B.A. in Urban Studies from Barnard College, Columbia University and her M.A. in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently a M.F.A candidate at the International Center of Photography–Bard. Green was the lead photographer for Annie Novak's book The Rooftop Growing Guide.
'Jewels from the Hinterland' explores this presence of black and brown figures in lush urban spaces. Since 2013, I have photographed over 80 subjects who identify as multi-disciplinary artists of color, making portraits of creative individuals in and around New York City, in which black and brown figures anchor overgrown fields with abstract forms and vibrant colors. This series investigates questions of place, belonging, and perceived cultural identity within urban diasporic communities. As nature grows around the individuals, so does the city landscape, like a continuous grid. I make images of these artists feeling at ease in natural green spaces, regions where black and brown urbanites are not “supposed” to be at home: our hinterlands.