Black people travel quickly to the edge of our imagination.
Bobby Rogers talks about family, struggle, inspiration, speaking truth, the black imagination, and turning pain into beauty.
About the speaker
Bobby Rogers is an interdisciplinary artist and the official photographer for the Walker Art Center. While using photography as a basis to find beauty and creativity in unseen communities, from Black Muslims to the aesthetics of street cultures and its influence on high fashion, Rogers’ explores subtle narratives of resilience and pride. His body of work is a raw and unvarnished investigation of humanity and diasporic futurity. Since graduating from the Minneapolis’ College of Art & Design in 2014 Rogers’ has amassed a list of clientele including Apple, PAPER Magazine, Redbull, Vox Media, City Pages, and others; and his work has been detailed by publications ranging from Vice and Juxtapoz to the New York Times.
In 2016, Rogers was named Minnesota Monthly’s Top Visual Artists to Watch. In 2017, City Pages named Rogers an Artists of the Year and The Huffington Posts’ “Nur 25” included Rogers as one of 25 Muslims Breaking Barriers and Lighting Up the World.
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I would tell all my loved ones to breathe, because they are the ones I am creating for. — Bobby Rogers
I'm inspired by the history we've embodied: in every invention, every dance, every rhythm, every Serena Williams with a broken record over and over again. — Bobby Rogers
The black imagination is everlasting, and through will, we survive. Not many people can turn pain into beauty. — Bobby Rogers
I see the lessons and challenges my mother had to reckon with: fear and responsibility. — Bobby Rogers
You are a leader. You are a soldier. — Bobby Rogers