LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Ruby Frazier
Afro-Futurism has no tense: it is spiral, past-present-future tense, manifesting alternate realities and spaces for the true realization of self, destiny, freedom. Afro-Futurism is within and without; in our vessel traveling to new realities/spaces/time, it is the core capacitor.Chicago Art Magazine (via neirenelafemme)
It’s not only her complexion but her POLITICS (and how her complexion and experiences impacted/shaped those politics) as to why she should be portrayed PROPERLY in any depiction of her life. Love her. ❤
Lorna Simpson New York Artist + Photographer, The Edit Magazine.
To see a work by Lorna Simpson in person is feel chills unlike any other. The first work I saw, I felt like someone had creeped inside my mind and spilled the guts of my insecurities and history. I wrote more about my love of Lorna back in 2012.
Be sure to read Britt’s essay; it’s a great read and articulated many things that are so fascinating and compelling about Simpson’s work.
The young Steve McQueen in my kitchen about 1989.
I meant to write a little about what this image means on my personal blog, but I’ll do it here. This photo reminds me of just how important it is to document your own stories. I don’t know if the photographer, Simon Foxton, (or if McQueen himself) knew that this handsome, slightly awkward looking young man would become an innovative, accomplished visual artist (winning the prestigious Turner Prize, to boot), as well as a history-making Academy Award winning-director.
It’s so important to document yourself, to document your friends, and to not assume that other people will tell your story correctly, if at all. Seeing these kind of photos also brings our heroes back down to earth. It helps us see that these titans of industry started out much like us, that they are human and vulnerable, and we can make our mark in the world just like they have, and continue to do so. - D.S.
alex webb. 9/11 spectators.
© 2001. new york city.
I wanna use this for single cover. so dope.
The composition, the black, white, and red, the sense of unease, the use of color…this is a compelling image. And a way of using a small moment to illustrate a larger story, one that turned out to be equal parts terrifying and confusing. - D.S.
Untitled . Louisiana . 2008
This weekend at the Biennial, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? debuts a new film. The spoken, chanted, sung, and screamed libretto explores the consequences of centuries of global racial strife that are thrust upon on those born of African descent.
HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, 2014. Video, color, sound; 54 minutes. Collection of the artists. © HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?
Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya
In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.