Latoya Ruby Frazier – Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change

New York, NY
Feb. 12 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Latoya Ruby Frazier – Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change | Trinity Talks: Art as a Medium for Change
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Trinity Commons (76 Trinity Place, New York, NY)
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Visual art is a doorway to new insights and revelations. It can challenge the expected narrative and transform our way of perceiving and understanding, if even for a moment. Join Trinity as we welcome artists who invite us to see our relationships, culture, and environment in a new way—calling us to respond and take part in creating a more just future. This event is free, with childcare available upon request.

Latoya Ruby Frazier – Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change

February 12, 2023    

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s work depicts the stark reality of today’s America: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality, and environmental toxicity. By featuring voices and perspectives traditionally erased from the American narrative, MacArthur “Genius” Frazier not only captures our cultural blind spots—she teaches us how art is a powerful tool for making change. Frazier will join in conversation with the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas to discuss the transformative power of art.


About LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier looks directly at the camera with her hair slicked back in a black-and-white photo. She wears a vest that has stylized lapels.


LaToya Ruby Frazier was born in 1982 in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Her artistic practice spans a range of media, including photography, video, performance, installation art, and books, and centers on the nexus of social justice, cultural change, and commentary on the American experience. In various interconnected bodies of work, Frazier uses collaborative storytelling with the people who appear in her artwork to address topics of industrialism, Rust Belt revitalization, environmental justice, access to healthcare, access to clean water, Workers’ Rights, Human Rights, family, and communal history. This builds on her commitment to the legacy of 1930s social documentary work and 1960s and ’70s conceptual photography that addresses urgent social and political issues of everyday life.

Frazier is an Associate Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she currently lives and works. She is represented by Gladstone Gallery in New York City and Brussels Belgium, and Sant’Andrea de Scaphis in Rome.

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