A Closer Look at the Young Black Creatives of Memphis
Meet Darius B. Williams, photographer & co-creator of the Young Black Creatives- a motley crew of Memphis based artists who debuted their collaborative photo project, “Remote: A Photographic Journey” last month at Memphis Slim House. The photo exhibit, purposely shot in the country fields of Mississippi, is organically eye-pleasing and a direct sample of the spectrum of talent experienced in our city’s black arts community.
Taking a “for us, by us” approach, the group internally covered every aspect of the shoot from wardrobe to creative design- further showcasing the myriad of talent housed within the collective. “I made a list of people who I thought would bring their own sense of style to it but also had something to contribute to or who was already contributing to the artistic community. The style team consisted of Kim Brown, Marco Alexander, Demetrius Blade, Jenil Askew and Najee Strickland. I asked them to come up with looks and designs. I gave them a theme for it. I gave them a location & date. They picked the clothing and put all of the looks together. We all put our heads together to figure out how we wanted to display things.” said Williams.
Expect to see more from the Young Black Creatives project as they’ve already hosted two events this month- an artists mixer and a workshop on branding- with plans for more workshops/events in the future.
The exhibit can be viewed for free at Memphis Slim House- 1130 College St, Soulsville USA from now until September 25, 2015.