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March Photo Chat Chat | Fatemeh Baigmoradi | Tokie Taylor | Vikesh Kapoor | Victor Yanez-Lazcano
March 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm
It’s time again for our monthly conversation with four photographers, the Photo Chat Chat!
We bring together four members of the Griffin community to share their work, ideas and creativity with a broader audience. We are thrilled to bring together these artists who have unique perspectives on creativity and the world they inhabit.
Join us on March 18th at 7pm EST for a visual treat and discussion of creativity.
This event is FREE to Griffin Members. Not a Member? Get more information about our Membership levels on the Griffin Website.
Here is a look at the stories of the four featured artists sharing their unique vision, Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Vikesh Kapoor, Tokie Taylor and Victor Yanez-Lazcano.
Fatemeh Baigmoradi –
Fatemeh Baigmoradi (born in 1984) is an artist born and raised in Iran. In 2008 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at University of Tehran. In 2012, Baigmoradi moved to USA, and in 2017 received her Master of Fine Arts degree in photography at University of New Mexico. The themes of loss and identity define much of the work that she has made. These themes emerge both directly and indirectly. Transitions in her life, both physical and emotional, have been critical in her work. Since 2005, she has participated in more than 50 shows in United States, Iran, England, France, and China.
Vikesh Kapoor –
Vikesh Kapoor is an artist from Sunset Pines, Pennsylvania, whose work examines race, class and identity as a first-generation American.
His ongoing photo-based narrative, See You At Home, has received support from curators at the National Portrait Gallery, SFMoMA, LACMA, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum.
Kapoor received The Hopper Prize in 2020, the PhotoNola Review Grand Prize in 2019, a Lensculture Art Photography Juror’s Pick Award in 2018 and CENTER’s Project Development Grant in 2018. In 2020, he received 2nd place for the PHmuseum Mobile Photography Prize. He was also a finalist for the Documentary Essay Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and a finalist for the Portrait Award presented by Head On Photo Festival.
In 2019, Kapoor was a semifinalist for the Outwin Boochever Award at National Portrait Gallery and shortlisted for the Grand Prix Images Vevey Award.
His photographs have exhibited at Photo Vogue Festival, Aperture Foundation, Houston Center for Photography and SFCamerawork, amongst others.
He was recently an artist-in-residence at Center of Photography at Woodstock in New York and will continue work on See You At Home at Latitude Chicago in 2021.
Tokie Taylor –
Tokie (Rome) Taylor is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and currently lives on the outskirts of the city. She received her BA in Arts Education with a focus on Photography and Drawing from Morris Brown College, In Atlanta GA and M. Ed, and Specialist from Lesley University. Tokie’s work explores themes of time, spirituality, and identity. She often integrates found objects as artifacts and conduits of memory.
Her exhibition and awards record includes several national exhibitions such as PhotoLucida Critical Mass 2020, Women WOMEN (UN)SILENCED A Survey of Contemporary Black Artists Gallery 1202, Gilroy, CA, 37 Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum, Monroe LA, Zuckerman Museum of Art GA, Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, “APGAlan Avery Selects” Atlanta, GA. among others. Tokie is a Funds for Teachers Fellowship recipient, studying photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in San Francisco, California. She is an Honorable Mention recipient for the International Photography Awards (2019) sponsored by the Lucie Foundation. She is a 2019 recipient of the 2019 Virginia Twinam Smith Purchase Award. Her work is held in multiple public and private collections. Tokie’s work was recently acquired by the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art.
Additionally, Tokie devotes her time to her 5 children, as well as teaching and inspiring as an arts educator in Atlanta, GA.
Victor Yanez-Lazcano –
Victor Yañez-Lazcano is an artist based in Berkeley, California. He received his MFA from Stanford University and his BFA from Columbia College Chicago. While in Chicago he balanced a freelance career in both commercial and fine art photography. During this time, he also established himself as a public school arts educator through the Museum of Contemporary Photography Picture Me program and Columbia College’s Project AIM (Arts Integration and Mentorship). In 2012, Yañez-Lazcano helped co-found LATITUDE, a non-profit community digital lab for photographers in Chicago. His work has been exhibited at numerous spaces including Patricia Sweetow Gallery (San Francisco), Royal Nonesuch Gallery (Oakland), Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery (San Jose), Alibi Fine Art Gallery (Chicago), as well as Mind/Matter Gallery (Rochester) and Aviary Gallery (Boston). Past residencies include Recology AIR (San Francisco), SOMA Summer (Mexico City), The Industry of the Ordinary’s Summer School Residency (Chicago), and ACRE (Stueben,WI).