LaToya Ruby Frazier: A creative solution for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan
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
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to produce a photo essay
弗林特市从 2014 年
three generations of women
安珀·哈桑 和 谢伊·科布。
Amber Hasan and Shea Cobb,
Shea Cobb became the central figure
Shea's school bus routes.
making sure she was studying.
intimate facet of Shea's life.
covered with signs that said,
my camera to photograph it.
to see that in America,
that say "Whites" or "Blacks only,"
have been forced to drink with,
water bills in the country
with deadly legionella bacteria.
in my hometown, Braddock, Pennsylvania,
"The Notion of Family,"
to survive environmental racism,
that were being deregulated
asthma and infant mortality rates
to the Flint River,
has turned its back upon the river.
for dumping chemicals in the Flint River
在 2016 年 8 月发行时，
came out in August of 2016,
was no longer headline news,
than a series of photographs on my part
in Vehicle City.
over our mothers and grandmothers.
over our battles with lupus.
in each other's life
艺术家集团“姐妹之旅（The Sister Tour）”，
artist collective The Sister Tour,
a safe space for Flint artists.
"Flint is Family,"
at Gavin Brown's Enterprise
the facade of the building,
一个 30 英尺的广告牌，
of three large color negatives
by The Sister Tour.
company in the world,
每分钟抽取 400 加仑的水，
out of aquifers in Lake Michigan,
millions of liters of water
to clean water at all.
that I used to raise money
to different venues
in the public eye
across the country.
Amber emailed me with the news
dropped all criminal charges
as serious as manslaughter.
for the men, women and children in Flint.
that she met in Puerto Rico,
投资了 2.6 万英镑。
atmospheric water generator.
in the city of Flint.
the machine for relief to Flint at all.
from a military base in Texas
that kind of money lying around.
solo exhibition "Flint is Family,"
from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation,
generator arrived to Flint, Michigan,
between Marengo and Pulaski,
right now, operating.
three miles from downtown
as a violent, poor community.
water rescue mission:
to the people in Flint.
take ownership of the machine.
to bring all their containers
as they can stock up on,
in freezing temperatures.
through a high-volume air filter.
of water per day.
早上 9 点到晚上 8 点
to walk up to the machine
in long lines for bottled water.
interviewing people, asking them,
and his machine in [your] community?"
living without access to clean water?"
the knowledge and technology
prior to the machine coming,
so sick to her stomach,
the lead-contaminated water
she's had energy and strength.
that someone from Texas cared.
he thought to himself,
God intended water to be."
containers to refill
and his atmospheric water generator
access to clean water.
of lives we could save
Newark, New Jersey,
over the shutter release,
their first sip of clean water.
of joy and righteousness.
that you bring to my city."
since I've been photographing in Flint,
to render a poetic justice.
and turn a negative into a positive.
Reviewed by Yanyan Hong
ABOUT THE SPEAKERLaToya 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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