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Zora J Murff - Topic 4: Violent Images (aka, that ideological North)

Mar 16, 2022
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
301 Williams Hall

Photographer Zora J Murff will give an artist talk, Topic 4: Violent Images (aka, that ideological North), on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in 301Williams Hall at the University of Vermont. The public is invited.

Zora J Murff is an artist and educator living in Arkansas. He is Black; therefore, he is.

Murff¿s monograph, True Colors (or, Affirmations in a Crisis), was recently published by the Aperture Foundation. In True Colors he constructs an incisive, autobiographic retelling of the struggles and epiphanies of a young Black artist working to make space for himself and his community.

Since leaving social work to pursue photography over a decade ago, Zora J Murff¿s work has grappled with the complicit entanglement of the medium in the histories of spectacle, commodification, and race, often contextualizing his own photographs with found and appropriated images and commissioned texts.

True Colors continues that work, expanding to address the act of remembering and the politics of self, which Murff identifies as ¿the duality of Black patriotism and the challenges of finding belonging in places not made for me¿of creating an affirmation in a moment of crisis as I learn to remake myself in my own image.¿

Zora J Murff¿s visit and talk is supported by the Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts. For more information, please contact the Department of Art & Art History ( or Bill McDowell (

For more information, contact Department of Art & Art Histor at 802-656-2014 or

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