Darius Frank (b. 1987, Bethesda, Maryland) is a Washington, DC-based artist whose work explores human connection and expression. Through his practice, Frank seeks to contribute to a greater representation of black Americans in contemporary spaces. Primarily focused on figurative painting and illustration, Frank celebrates the individuality of his subjects while illuminating a shared, universal humanity.
Invested in contemporary reflections on the present and past of DC, Darius Frank undertook a multimedia work that explored these issues through the words of friends, family, and community members. The work came together featuring a video where Frank uses individual storytelling and testimonials as a vehicle to give personal texture to things lost and loved by former and current residents of DC. A multi-channel video installation juxtaposed candid and descriptive tales of what each storyteller used to love about “old DC” alongside the things they might appreciate about the “new DC”. The resulting stories traversed the changing eras of the city, and wove a complex yet intimate narrative of gentrification and evolution in our urban centers with universal resonance.
This talk is part of the Logan FotoTalks on Saturday 11/11. Check out the full lineup here!