Been Seen: The Photography of Zora J. Murff
Been Seen: The Photography of Zora J. Murff
Hear a virtual conversation exploring the Black photographer's gaze and the work of photographer Zora J. Murff, which grapples with the complicit entanglement of the medium in the histories of spectacle, commodification, and race.
Schomburg Center online
February 07, 2022 | 6:30 pm
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
New York, NY

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ABOUT THIS EVENT | An exploration of the Black photographers gaze and the work of photographer Zora J. Murff. Join us online for this virtual conversation.

“I am sending up this collection of photographs as affirmations for us, Black people, during this crisis of white guilt; my self-portrait of now serves as a reminder that we have always possessed the legitimacy to determine our own successes. What many institutions have failed—and continue to fail—to realize is that we will always excel despite exclusion. If change requires reckoning with hard truths, can institutions learn how to subvert themselves to create a truly just future?” —Zora J Murff in The New York Times

Zora J. Murff (born in Des Moines, Iowa, 1987) is assistant professor of photography at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In 2019, Murff was named an Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist, a PDN 30 honoree, and a Light Work Artist-in-Residence; he was one of eight artists chosen for the most recent iteration of the Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography series, Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020. Murff’s books include Corrections (2015); LOST, Omaha (2018); and At No Point In Between (2019). His work was presented at the 2021 Rencontres d’Arles, France, as part of the Louis Roederer Discovery Award.

Image: Zora J Murff, American Mother, 2019, from True Colors (or, Affirmations in a Crisis) (Aperture, 2021). © Zora J Murff, courtesy the artist and Webber Gallery, London