'Here You Can Be Whatever You Want' is an evening celebrating black beauty and culture, connecting Detroit with a worldwide cultural event through images made at AFROPUNK festivals around the world by photographers Kholood Eid
Elian, and through music with performances by internationally acclaimed DJ and vocalist Shaun J. Wright
and emerging Detroit native DJ Holographic
The event will take place at The Baltimore Gallery
, and will include an exhibition of printed and projected photographs, a panel discussion featuring both photographers and performers moderated by Ingrid LaFleur
, and dancing until midnight!
Kholood Eid is a Middle Eastern/Midwestern American documentary photographer based in New York City. When not working on assignment or personal projects, she's teaching photography to middle schoolers at the Bronx Documentary Center. Her work has appeared in the the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Denver Post, the Phoenix New Times and a variety of Midwestern publications, with video editing for TIME.com
Melissa Bunni Elian is a Haitian-American journalist based in New York who uses words, photos and video to tell multimedia stories. Melissa, better known as Bunni, focuses on the different experiences within the Pan-African Diaspora and has been featured in National Geographic, Slate, New York Times, PBS, New York Daily News, The Daily Beast and Global Post.
Shaun J Wright steadily exhilarates dance floors internationally as a DJ weaving live vocals throughout his sets in locations as far and varied as: Sydney, Berlin (Panorama Bar), London, Auckland, Stockholm, Barcelona, NYC, Los Angeles and his hometown of Chicago (Smart Bar). Wright's eclectic upbringing alongside his myriad experiences in various underground dance music cultures has provided him with a unique perspective that is both rare and special to him. He is an adept performer that knows how to willfully move his audiences viscerally while stimulating them corporeally and intellectually.
DJ Holographic (aka Ariel Corley) originates and resides in Detroit, Michigan. She continues to prove herself as the fresh face of funk with a unique beat in the ever-expanding local DJ scene. What sets her apart is the soul and funk of Detroit which is the roots of her music and the expanding LGBTQ dance community, which shapes her current sound today. She has a fiercely loyal fan base, which she sees as part of her extended musical family, and who she loves to dance with. The fundamental mission of DJ Holographic is to represent the creative and innovative identity of Detroit and to inspire the dance floor around the world. It is this energy that influences the spirit of every project she pursues. DJ Holographic is currently developing her craft, which includes music production, DJing festivals and local/International shows, monthly radio shows and more. Keep your eyes peeled for this one woman funk-machine.
This event is hosted by Lauren Rossi
and Karah Shaffer
, 2017 Fellows of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators, and supported by Salzburg Global Seminar
, The Kresge Foundation
, Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA)
, the Documenting DETROIT
project, the Knight Foundation
Arts Challenge, and others.