LaToya Ruby Frazier: Photographer Will Give Artist’s Talk at CDS on February 12

LaToya Ruby Frazier during her Masters Talk at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2011. Photograph by Brian O’Shea.

Fast-rising star LaToya Ruby Frazier will give an artist’s talk at the Center for Documentary Studies on Tuesday, February 12, during her residency at Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program. The photographer and media artist’s work has been generating considerable buzz, particularly since the 2012 Whitney Biennial, where she debuted a series that is on view at CDS through February 23, 2013. Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital) is a powerful example of the themes that Frazier explores in her work, and concerns the effects of a controversial hospital closing on her hometown community in Braddock, Pennsylvania. “Exposing the underbelly of corporate practices—rapid de-industrialization and outsourcing, environmental negligence, and inner-city gentrification—Frazier’s work examines the crises of postindustrial communities and the class divisions wrought by capital,” said the Whitney in describing the photographer’s artistic terrain.

Artist’s talk with LaToya Ruby Frazier
Tuesday, February 12; reception at 6 p.m. followed by talk at 7 p.m.

Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

Frazier is the associate curator for the Mason Gross Galleries of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She was appointed Critic in Photography at the Yale School of Art in 2012. A retrospective exhibit of her work will open at the Brooklyn Museum in March 2013, followed by a show at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in June 2013.

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Documentary Studies and the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program.


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