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“Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social and Environmental Change”

As part of the 2022 Cleveland Humanities Festival: DISCOURSE, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities will host the 2022 Issa Lecture, “Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social and Environmental Change.”

The event will be held Wednesday, March 30, at 5 p.m., in Tinkham Veale University Center, Ballroom A, and will feature LaToya Ruby Frazier, photographer, activist, and associate professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Frazier argues that photography is a battleground of representation, and that to change society—to seed real change and cultural transformation, especially for the marginalized and the forgotten—we must change the picture we have of ourselves and our communities. 

Hear Frazier discuss how she has used photography to fight injustice—poverty, healthcare and gender inequality, environmental contamination, racism, and more—and create a more representative self-portrait. Drawing from her book The Notion of Family as well as from works of art by Frederick Douglass, August Sander, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Langston Hughes, she relates her conscious approach to photography, opens up more authentic ways to talk about family, inheritance, and place, and celebrates the inspirational, transformative power of images. 

This event is sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Case Western Reserve University. The lecture will be live-streamed. If attending in person, registration is requested.

Register for the event.