FLINT, 1,105 days and counting man-made water crisis, 2017 by LaToya Ruby Frazier
LaToya Ruby Frazier asks for justice for the communities in Flint, Michigan, with a flag that reminds us of the number of days residents have been living without water as of May 2017. The photograph is from her 2016 work Flint is Family, where Frazier spent five months with three generations of Flint women who suffer and still thrive as they face the water crisis in Flint–“the worst man-made environmental catastrophe in recent national memory.”
LaToya states: “The number 1,105 will be the exact amount of days Flint residents have lived without new pipes since the lead leeching took place. It will be 1,105 days and counting the day of the Creative Time Gala on May 3rd, where the flag was first shown.
(And yes, that is a real photograph I took in Flint, where they were keeping locked up pipes behind barbed wire.)
Exact location and company:
4906 Horton Avenue, Flint MI 48505”
About LaToya Ruby Frazier
B. 1982, Braddock, PA. Lives and works in Chicago, IL
Winner of the MacArthur “Genius” grant, LaToya Ruby Frazier’s artistic practice spans a range of media that incorporates photography, video and performance and centers on the nexus of social justice, cultural change and commentary on the American experience. Citing Gordon Parks as an influence, Frazier uses the camera as a weapon and agent of social change.
Photograph by Nicholas Prakas