Sasha Phyars-Burgess

Questioning the nature of home

United States

“I am trying to make sense of a place that is not responsible for my upbringing but is wholly responsible for my existence.”

Sasha Phyars-Burgess makes a photographic study of black people, investigating notions of home and family, especially as those concepts play out for a first-generation American born to Trinidadian parents. In her intimate, plainspoken black-and-white photographs of family and community, she puts her ideas, and typical conceptions, of the Caribbean to the test against observed reality.

Born in Brooklyn, Sasha Phyars-Burgess graduated from Bard College in 2010 with a bachelor’s in photography, and went on to earn an MFA from Cornell University. Phyars-Burgess was artist in residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2015, and has exhibited her work at the CK Gallery in Berlin and at Shoot the Lobster in New York. She won a Diane Dammeyer Fellowship from Columbia College Chicago and a Capricious Photo Award from Capricious Publishing, in New York.