Black Domain

June 2-October 15, 2022 (extended)


Black Domain, a photographic exhibit by Portland-based artist Intisar Abioto, explores places of home, worship, creativity, and healing through environmental portraits of Black Portlanders and Oregonians. Focusing on sites of architectural, cultural, and historical relevance to Black communities, Abioto’s photographs capture the spirit of Black domain as sanctum, rejuvenation, and liberation experienced by generations of Black people in Portland and in Oregon. 

The exhibit is a visual complement to the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center’s research, documentation, and advocacy about places of Portland’s Black history as well as the many community histories about Black place. In this project, Abioto documents, through her eyes, the homes, small businesses, community centers, and other sites whose deep cultural meaning illuminates their architectural significance.  

Organized by the Architectural Heritage Center, Black Domain is the largest solo exhibit to date of the work of Abioto (b. Memphis, 1986), a multidisciplinary artist who works across photography, dance, research, and writing. Recently featured in The New York Times, she helped document places of historic relevance to Portland’s Black communities, a project accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 2020. 


PRESS: The press release can be found here. For images, contact Jean Zondervan, Communications Director.
Exhibit support generously provided by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Van Evera and Janet M. Bailey Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Cathy Galbraith Educational Endowment. “Northeast Voices” video dialogues made possible in part by Oregon Humanities.
Photographs by Intisar Abioto, 2022.

Touring the Central Eastside exhibit

On view through December 2022


The architecture of Portland’s Central Eastside, the neighborhood around our center, tells the story of this district’s past and the unfolding of its distinct character over time. This exhibit traces this history through the stories of 57 of its buildings. With the oldest buildings dating to the 1860s, the district’s architecture shows how it evolved from its marshy roots in the 19th century to become a booming center of industry and manufacturing to then develop into the ever-growing hub for design, IT innovation, maker spaces, and tourism that it is today.

This project was made possible by support from Central Eastside Together.