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Artist Talk: Ruddy Roye

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Cleveland Print Room is pleased to have Jamaica-born, New York City-based photojournalist Ruddy Roye back in town this February to debut his series, When Living Is A Protest and talk about his work.

On this series, Roye writes, “Sixty years ago, marching was considered an act of protest. Thankfully, I have been able to grow up on the backs, sweat, and the blood of those who made strides and steps in the direction that enabled me to do something other than pick cotton and chop sugar cane.

"However, this life is not without its scars--memories and vestiges of the toll 'the struggle' had on a race of people. In 2015, I walk around Brooklyn, Mississippi, Memphis, Manhattan and Ferguson reading tales of those living is a testimony to this ongoing struggle."

"This series is my attempt to show a six-month glimpse into what it means to live in 'the struggle.' From photographing everyday life in places like Memphis and Mississippi, to documenting the tumultuous protests from the streets of Ferguson and New York City, I show you the faces of those whose lives are spent living in protest."

Time Magazine writes, "As a black photographer who has spent the last few years shining a light on the difficulties of other black men, women and children across America, he brings to his work an unwavering determination that can border on activism. In fact, his Instagram profile is clear about his aim: he’s a humanist; an activist. A photographer with a conscience.”

Ruddy Roye’s visit is made possible by the generous support from the Ohio Arts Council, Cleveland Foundation, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, The Callahan Foundation, and The George Gund Foundation. Food to follow.

Earlier Event: February 22
Ruddy Roye: When Living is a Protest
Later Event: March 6
Teen Institute Artist Talk