Alanna Airitam is a photo-based conceptual artist based in Tucson, Arizona. Airitam pushes the traditional boundaries of photography by incorporating materials such as metal, resin, varnish, and gold into her work. Her work is inspired by the lighting of 17th century Renaissance paintings, early Black studio photography, and historic and contemporary narratives.
“My work is influenced by the power, resilience, and beauty of Black people; the strength and creativity of women; and the dream of a world where individuals are free to shape their own lives without interference. I find inspiration in the syncopation of jazz, the transportive nature of storytelling, and the endless possibility of the human spirit. My love for the lighting found in 17th-century Renaissance paintings and the legacy of early Black studio photographers are ever present in my work.”