LaToya Ruby Frazier: A visual history of inequality in industrial America
LaToya Ruby Frazier - Photographer
LaToya Ruby Frazier focuses her camera lens on her family and her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, to explore themes of family, inequality, health care and environmental racism. Full bio
of the Monongahela River,
in the eastern region of Allegheny County,
outside of Pittsburgh.
to Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill,
steel mill in the region.
to address the intersection
on the bodies of my family and community.
narrative of Braddock
of industrialists and trade unions.
discovering a new frontier.
that Braddock is predominantly black.
silenced and erased.
and care of Grandma Ruby,
at 805 Washington Avenue.
and white flight to suburban developments.
walked the streets,
state and federal level,
dismantled my family and community.
from Carnegie's mill with his pension.
cleaning up spilt metal and slag.
on the body and the landscape.
against Allegheny County
Talbot Towers once stood.
has since appeared.
conceal the flammable waste
off their home and land.
this aggressive dispossession.
thousands of plastic white bundles
to the macro level,
as a platform to launch his voice.
and socioeconomic inequality.
About the speaker:LaToya Ruby Frazier - Photographer
LaToya Ruby Frazier focuses her camera lens on her family and her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania, to explore themes of family, inequality, health care and environmental racism.
Why you should listen
TED Fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier uses photography, video and performance to address issues of industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, healthcare inequality, family and communal history. Some of her work, which features images of her mother and grandmother (Grandma Ruby) was published in her first book, The Notion of Family, which received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award.
She has exhibited her work widely in the United States and elsewhere, with solo exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She is an assistant professor of photography at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, having previously taught at Yale, Rutgers and Syracuse University.
LaToya received her BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She was the Guna S. Mundheim Fellow for visual arts at the American Academy in Berlin in 2013 and won a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2014. She is also a 2015 MacArthur Fellow.
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