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WE THE VANGUARD (2016 -) is a continuing photographic archive of Black women/femmes shifting the contemporary culture of Chicago, primarily emerging and/or at the vanguard of arts, culture, + social justice. This project seeks to share context in regard to the creative and continuing labor of women at the vanguard of cultural innovation and expansion.   

The intention of this project is rooted in lending visibility and voice to Black identified women/femme folks  who are actively strategizing to redefine cultural and creative work within the landscape of Chicago and beyond.

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Tempestt Hazel: Curator, writer, artist advocate, and founding editor of Sixty Inches From Center.

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Hannah Baptiste: Activist & Organizer

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Alexandria Eregbu: Visual artist, Curator, and Educator

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Felicia Holman: Artist, independent curator, Studio Manager at Links Hall, and Co-Founder of Honey Pot Performance

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Danielle Scruggs: Photographer & Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated

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Deun Ivory: Photographer & visual artist

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Lauren Ash: Wellness visionary & founder of Black Girl In Om

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