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Zora J Murff, Belfast Photo Festival
03.06–30.06.22

Belfast Photo Festival
Botanic Garden, Belfast
3 - 30 June 2022

Zora J Murff | Spotlight Winner Award

American Mother, American Father

Weaving the realities of being both participant and archiver, Zora J Murff’s practice is rooted in the social commentary of white supremacy and its impact on the lives of Black people in America, including his own.

Using previous experiences in psychology and social work, alongside a nuanced visual language combining archives, portraiture, and autobiographical accounts, Murff confronts America’s uncomfortable relationship with power, privilege, violence, and race and examines the complicity of the individual and the image in creating and maintaining racial hierarchy.

In this new work, artist and activist Zora J Murff challenges his own relationship to race and Blackness, using himself as a site for broader social critique and interrogating an increasing yet conflicting desire for status, success, and positioning. Drawing on vernacular and family photographs, combined with newly produced images that challenge racial stereotyping, the artist presents these images as ‘affirmations’ as he learns to unpick and remake himself in his own image. Murff states “My early images were made when I was experiencing rapid upward social mobility and becoming acquainted with Arkansas and Mississippi, my ancestral landscapes. Visiting the birthplaces of my maternal and paternal families forced me to reflect on how we build identity, how identity can be created for us, and how those phenomena collide.”