The London-based artist talks about her compelling images of the African diaspora and her ongoing Black Balloon Archive with Drew Sawyer, who organized the exhibition Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha for the Brooklyn Museum, where he is Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonion Curator of Photography.
Liz Johnson Artur (b. 1964, Sofia, Bulgaria) has been based in London since 1991. Her monograph with Bierke Verlag was included in the New York Times Best Photo Books of 2016, and her work was recently included in the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. She was a nominee for the 2017 AIMIA AGO Photography Prize and a finalist for the Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice in 2018. Johnson Artur holds an MA in photography from the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Her commercial work recently received world-wide attention, shooting video and still photography for Rihanna’s Fenty fashion brand, in south London.
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