Darkroom Detroit is excited to present its debut exhibition, Preface, featuring artists Kris Graves, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Amy Elkins, Kia LaBeija and Jacob Krupnick, curated by Millee Tibbs and Eleanor Oakes.  

Preface is on view September 30 – November 18, 2017.

Using photography and video, the work of these artists is a celebration of the complexity of the self, exploring how individuals self-identify in tension with how they are viewed by others, and offers a contemporary discussion of vulnerability through representation. Addressing issues such as race and gender, these artists ask viewers to examine their own prejudicial bias or stereotypes, while providing reference points for the extremities of these complex systems, such as mass-incarceration.

This exhibition is sponsored by edWeb.net, a free professional learning network that encourages educators to connect and collaborate to improve teaching and learning. Cosponsors include Our/Detroit Vodka, Hostel Detroit and Grand On River.

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, Dion, 2016.

Amy Elkins, 19/32 (Not the Man I Once Was), 2009-2016.

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell (b. 1991) is a queer African-American artist whose primary practice is photography. Currently based in Detroit, Terrell received an MFA in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from Wayne State University. Darryl’s work deals with body image, black masculinity, queer identity, and the black family structure. Pulling from influences he observed growing up on the Eastside of Detroit, Michigan, Darryl’s work is also a reflection of popular culture traversed through media such as music, movies, and other similarly related sources.

Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania; among others. 

Amy Elkins (b .1979 Venice, CA) is a photographer currently based in the Greater Los Angeles area. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; Aperture Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, among others. She was awarded the Aperture Prize and the Latitude Artist-in-Residence in 2014 and The Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2015. Elkins' first book "Black is the Day, Black is the Night" was Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award, the 2016 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize and listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.

Kia LaBeija (b.1990) is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in New York City. Her work explores the intersections of community, politics, fine art and activism. As a visual artist she stages digital portraits as theatrical and cinematic re-imaginings of non fictional events to spark conversation, complicating the way we view her subjects and the spaces they occupy. Her Portraiture utilizes the medium of story telling, to preserve histories, and make sociopolitical commentaries on current events. Currently she is a featured artist in Art, AIDS, America, a controversial touring exhibition investigating 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic. Artists include Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorp. Kia is the only representation of a female artist of color living with and born with HIV in the show. 

Jacob Krupnick is a director and photographer working on commercial and documentary films. His work with dancers and athletes transforms their movement into unique and cinematic stories. Krupnick's 2012 feature debut, Girl Walk // All Day screened at over 30 film festivals, including events at SxSW, Bonaroo, Dia Art Foundation, Mass MOCA, and the Munich Film Festival.

Darkroom Detroit is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to increasing photography access and education in Detroit using both traditional and digital processes. We promote visual storytelling rooted in the local community, while bringing global perspective and photography talent to Detroit. Our space in Islandview hosts classes and workshops for all ages and levels, including free and reduced tuition classes, gallery and co-working space, and print and material sales.

For additional information about this exhibitions, you can email info@darkroomdetroit.org or call 313-312-0869.

Kris Graves, L-R, Daina, Frank, Jennifer, from "the Testament Project."