Sherley C. Olopherne Photography

A Haitian, butch, woman, educator and photographer Sherley Camille Olopherne is well aware her identities formulate her perspective on life amongst women, life amongst men, life amongst Haitians, life in the many localities of NYC, and ultimately the life of compromised visibilities.

As an artist, she strongly believes her social responsibility lies in the realms of visual representation to engage mainstream communities in a dialogue about what an immigrant, a dyke, various marginalized communities “look like.”

Call her a photojournalist, activist, educator or a human being, her intention is the same, to further challenge set margins initiated and perpetuated by the system.

Essentially, her work assumes the eradication of invisibility will occur only if there is access to positive, supportive images of “ourselves” out in the world.