"The word "black" has now collapsed into an American understanding, unfortunately. Black arts in England had amazing fuel with “Transforming the Crown” because that included people of African decent, Asian decent, Caribbean decent, right? And now with the world becoming this conservative flip-flop mess, they are using it more in this African-American sense." Nicole Awai, Dinner at Tripoli, October 1, 2012
Go Go Gone, 2011,resin, cotton linter fiber, wire form, nail polish, 5 x 4 x 6 feet.
When I first started to contemplate the ways I would photograph Lorraine, I wanted the image not only to embody her pioneering spirit but also her commitment to being her own person. Other women who I drew inspiration from for this shoot were design icon Iris Apfel and music diva Tina Turner.
Lorraine’s practice always seems to go between being part of the establishment yet always so alternative. Plus she loves fashion…my shero! A week prior to the shoot she allowed my assistant and I to look over her wardrobe so we could pick what she should wear. We loved everything! Who knew black could be so good! We were zeroing in a few pieces but alas, Lorraine graciously was just humoring us. She already had her mind made up! All was not lost though, as our conversations that day helped us for the upcoming session with her!
The day of the shoot was incredible. She let us re-arrange her studio to photograph her, was really happy with her makeup and not to mention she really had us all mesmerizes with her musings on art, life, her incredible past and upcoming projects! We had a fantastic time shooting The Trailblazer!
"My first curator that I ever came to know and just even understand the word by definition was Okwui Enwezor. His book, "The Short Century" was my first art book and I read that book during my six hour biology class in the middle of Boulder, Colorado during undergrad. That was the first time I ever felt like a Puerto Rican and black. I never had to face my identity back home.” Alejandro Guzman, Dinner at Recess, December 10, 2013, part of a larger discussion on agency.
The Fatalist Performance at Susan Inglett Gallery, 2013