latoya ruby frazier
Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, LaToya Ruby Frazier works in photography, video, and performance art to build visual archives that address industrialism, rustbelt revitalization, environmental justice, healthcare inequity, and family and communal history. Her first book, The Notion of Family, received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award, and she has also been awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2015) and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2014). Frazier has previously held academic and curatorial positions at Yale University, Rutgers University, and Syracuse University, and she is currently Associate Professor of Photography at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In November 2017, her talk at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota served as the launch event for the Black Midwest Initiative.