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In the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial, artists Tim Portlock and Rachel Youn join Kahlil Robert Irving to engage the St. Louis region and the country at large through built environments and kinetic sculptures. The Great Rivers Biennial, now in its ninth edition, is a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation.
“I always feel like when I get a megaphone, I need to speak for others who don’t have one.” Says Darian Wigfall. This compulsion pervades every part of Wigfall’s professional and personal existence. As one of the early members and organizers of the prolific Farfetched artist collective, mentoring and promoting artists; and through his history of activism, Wigfall has made a career of giving a platform to deserving voices.
“Just Pictures” in particular, which acts as a sort of sequel to curator Antwaun Sargent‘s “The New Black Vanguard,” juxtaposing young Black interdisciplinary photographers from as far away as Lagos, Nigeria, and as close as our own backyard—as is the case with St. Louis photographer Justin Solomon.