January 14 - February 29, 2020
The Austin Central Library presents exhibition by Kris Graves, New York and London based photographer and publisher. In his Testament Project, Graves presents brightly colored portraits of black individuals, showing the diversity within the community. The project is an exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America. More often than not, black people are portrayed in the extreme-either as very rich or very poor, they are demonized, infantilized, ridiculed, idolized or hyper-sexualized; and within the art canon there is a noticeable scarcity of black representation.
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; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others.
Reception: February 2, 2020 | 2–4 pm
710 W Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, 78701 Texas