Thursday, April 5, 2012

LaToya Ruby Frazier- Beyond The Odds

Yesterday's post and comments reflect how utterly depressing news and numbers can truly be- particularly considering subject matter and history fraught with negative "occurrences." Today we depart the world of the reoccurring, that world of predictably negative consequences- and celebrate the near subatomic world of success from the bowels of today's impoverished landscape. A rarefied world occupied by the very rarest of occupants- the successful, black, female photographer/artist. And one who made her success using and documenting her family and community, and the complex social, political and economic forces that shaped and influenced them.

I mention this now as welcomed relief having just received notice that she will be lecturing here on the Left Coast at CA College of the Arts at 1111 Eighth St, SF on Tues 4/10, 7pm.

Good on you, LaToya Ruby Frazier!


John Edwin Mason said...

Gotta accentuate the positive and latch on to the affirmative, from time to time, Stan. No doubt about it.

I heard LaToya speak last year at the Look3 photo fest. She was the first black artist in its history to grace the main stage. I was deeply impressed by her vision, intelligence, and passion. Her sharp-edged politics, too.

It's a paradox. A country that continually produces atrocities, such as the murder of Trayvon Martin, also produces the likes of LaToya.

Stan B. said...

A paradox, yes. If only the ratio of highlights to atrocities could be a bit more balanced...