Grand-Hornu presents: And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise

“Et des terrils, un arbre s’élèvera”… c’est le nom d’une expo photo proposée au MAC’s pour le moment. Vous l’aurez compris, cette exposition est en lien avec le passé minier de notre région. Les photos sont celles d’une artiste américaine, LaToya Ruby Frazier. Il y a quelques mois, elle a rencontré d’anciens mineurs du Borinage et leurs familles. Accompagnée d’une interprète, elle a écouté leur histoire et les a pris en photos. Lors du vernissage de l’exposition ce week-end, ces familles boraines ont pu découvrir en primeur le travail de l’artiste.

“And From The Coaltips A Tree Will Rise” … is the name of a photo exhibition proposed to the MAC’s for the moment. You will understand, this exhibition is in connection with the mining past of our region. The photos are those of an American artist, LaToya Ruby Frazier. A few months ago, she met former miners from Borinage and their families. Accompanied by an interpreter, she listened to their story and took pictures. At the opening of the exhibition this weekend, these borane families were able to discover the work of the artist.

Courtesy of: TéléMB

EXPO LaToya Ruby Frazier : le projet

Joanna Leroy, Co-manager of the cultural department at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Wallonia-Brussels, provides commentary on LaToya Ruby Frazier’s exhibition titled Et des terrils, un arbre s’élèvera [And From the Coal Tips a Tree Will Rise] on view from 19 February to 21 May 2017.

Courtesy of: Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

How I Got Over: Vision and Justice in Racialized America

Hosted by Rebecca Carroll
WNYC producer for special projects on race
Friday, December 09, 2016

For all the pain, anxiety and devastation caused by the widely circulated video footage of black lives being literally extinguished, we are also bearing witness to a pronounced moment of black cultural ascension.

Photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Carrie Mae Weems, with Harvard University art history professor Sarah Lewis, engage in a discussion on celebrating and advancing visual literacy around race, and what it feels like to be American and black during this dichotomous time of triumph and tragedy.

Courtesy of: The Green Space at WNYC

Brilliant photographer captures daily life during the Flint water crisis

In a short film by Frazier titled Flint is Family, Shea Cobb, a 32-year-old mother and lifelong Flint resident, explains how ordinary tasks like brushing teeth and planning dinner have been complicated by lead-poisoned water. A singer, songwriter, and poet, Cobb patches together a series of jobs — bus driving and hair braiding — to make ends meet for her family. It’s a job made more arduous when the water is poisoned. “It’s the hustle that gets us through,” Cobb says.

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By Aura Bogado

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MacArthur fellow captures the town that survived

PBS News Hour’s Jeffrey Brown talks with LaToya Ruby Frazier about her art and activism.

“Braddock, Pennsylvania, was once a thriving steel town before the town’s industry collapsed. It’s where LaToya Ruby Frazier grew up, like her mother and grandmother before her, and it’s where the visual artist and 2015 MacArthur fellow has returned to document the change her community has endured.”

Courtesy of PBS News Hour

Interview with Carré d’Art – Contemporary Art Museum of Nîmes

Interview carried out during the exhibition “LaToya Ruby Frazier, Performing Social Landscapes”
Carré d’Art – Contemporary Art Museum of Nîmes
October 16, 2015 – March 13, 2016
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Courtesy of: Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes