INSPIRED LIVE provides
INSPIRED LIVE provides a platform for a unique group of cross-disciplined artists and industry professionals to reveal their sources of inspiration. In these fast-paced, 6-minute presentations, speakers select 15 images which stay on screen for 20 seconds each.
What inspires their work–a person, a place, an idea, an object? Where does their passion for the creative industry come from?
Featuring: Daveed Baptiste, Kevin Claiborne, Jasmine Clarke, Teresa Eng, Tana Gandhi, Rosem Morton, Sofie Vasquez, and Jessica Pons
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Daveed Baptiste is a multidisciplinary maker working in fashion design, photography, and textiles. His migration from Haiti to America inspires all of his work. As an immigrant and queer person, his work examines the multidimensional identities of the Caribbean diaspora living in the United States. Through collaborative projects and various mediums, his work aims to decolonize notions of race, gender, and class within the Haitian community and greater Caribbean diaspora.
He is a recent Parsons graduate with a BFA in Fashion Design. His photographs have been published in The New Yorker and VOGUE, and he has exhibited at Red Hook Labs and Aperture. He is a 2020 Lakou NOU Resident at the Haiti Cultural Exchange.
Kevin Claiborne (he/him, b. 1989, Washington, D.C.) is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist living and working in New York, and whose work examines and questions intersections of identity, environment, and mental health within the Black American experience.
Using photography as a foundation and language as material, Kevin views his art as weapon, and armor in the fight for liberation. He is a graduate of the historically Black college North Carolina Central University (2012), Syracuse University (2016), and is presently a MFA Visual Arts Candidate at Columbia University (2021).
Jasmine Clarke is a 24-year-old photographer from Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by the surreal qualities of our waking world, her images play with the tension between fiction and reality. Her work has been shown at Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City, and she has an upcoming group show at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
Teresa Eng is a Canadian photographer who is based in London, England. Her personal work focuses on long term projects that deal with transition and change and book making. Her project China Dream was awarded the 2019 Burtynsky Grant and was a finalist for the 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize, Images Vevey Book Award, and the Hyères 33rd Festival of Fashion and Photography. Her work has been featured in World Press Photo, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Financial Times, It’s Nice That, Vogue Italia, Aperture, and British Journal of Photography.
Tana Gandhi is a self-taught commercial and still-life photographer. Her clients include Nike, Laura Mercier, Fossil, and Ann Taylor. Brands seek her out for a specific style of sleek and playful imagery, to bridge the gap between creativity and commerce. Tana’s personal work includes a photo series called 100 Years of Kalidas Gandhi documenting her
childhood home and ayurvedic shop that’s over a century old in Pune, India.
Rosem Morten is a Filipina visual artist, nurse, and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. Morton utilizes lens-based storytelling, and community engagement to examine intimacy, health, and resilience amidst the prevalence of gender violence and cultural displacement.
Morton is a National Geographic Explorer, who has spoken at numerous institutions, and whose work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ProPublica, Reuters, NPR, and CNN. Morton is a member of Authority Collective, Women Photograph, and Women Photojournalists of Washington.
Sofie Vasquez (b. 1998) is an Ecuadorian documentary photographer born and raised in The Bronx, New York. Her artwork explores the mediums of photography and filmmaking to create long-term projects focusing on narratives about identity, community, and culture.
Her work has been featured in The New York Times and has been exhibited with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Bronx Documentary Center, the Ecuadorian-American Cultural Center, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, the Shirley Fiterman Art Center, the DGT Alumni Association Gallery House and En Foco Inc.
She is currently a fellow with the International Center of Photography, as well as an undergraduate pursuing her BA at The City College of New York.
Jessica Pons is an Argentinean-American photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Growing up navigating this dichotomy has sparked her eternal curiosity for cultural and historical themes as well as explorations of identity through various forms of storytelling. Her work is largely inspired from her years spent working in both photojournalism and documentary film.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
Three people who love art and community:
Amy Wolff, Photo Director at Hearst’s Enthusiast Group (Runner’s World, Bicycling and Popular Mechanics)
Mathieu Young is a commercial and reportage photographer and director based in Los Angeles.
Marcel Saba is the Photo Industry Guru. He is the owner and director of Redux Pictures. An all around nice guy, he teaches classes at the International Center of Photography and is the past President of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund.