CHICAGO | May 8, 2016 If you have been following my work, you know that I've been the official photographer for Party Noire for several months now. It's been so great each month to engage my artistic practice with a community of artists, intellectuals, and vibrant spirits who cultivate this monthly celebration of black jubilation.
In photo-documenting this event, I have tried to convey some of the power this burgeoning community possesses. I often return to study the photos of some of the greats who documented the party and dance cultures of Chicago in the 1970s, or Harlem of the 1930s, among many others. It amazes me how the ceremonial and celebratory align with the political and intellectual and aesthetic interests of their times. Such is true also of our time and concerns.
If history is a conversation, then I want to make each photo set an utterance--a statement, question, or response--to utterances from the past, and, I like to believe, the future.
I invite you to spend some time with the photos on the brand new Party Noire site. Here, you'll be able to look at the total archive, as well as purchase your own tickets for upcoming Party Noire events. I hope to see you there.