James, a Black man with shoulder-length dreadlocks and a beard looks into the camera. His hand grazes his face, and he wears black wire-framed glasses, a white shirt, and a blue jacket.

James Allister Sprang’s work combines elements of photography, sound, and installation, existing in gallery spaces, theater spaces, and the space generally found between the ears, to tell sensory poems for the spirit. The son of Caribbean immigrants and originally from Miami, Sprang weaves together the sounds and images of his ancestral past with the present in a multimedia practice of creative patience and deep listening. This work is informed by the Black interior as well as radical and experimental traditions. A graduate of the Cooper Union (BFA) and the University of Pennsylvania (MFA), Sprang has completed numerous residencies domestically and internationally including Shandaken, YoungArts, Baryshnikov Art Center, The Public Theater, BHQFU, Fountainhead, and The Kitchen. He has shown and performed at The Brooklyn Museum, PAFA Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Public Theater, Baryshnikov Art Center, The Kitchen, The Apollo Theater, Pioneer Works, On The Boards, Knockdown Center, and The Painted Bride Art Center.





Photo by Jauhien Sasnou

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