"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
LaToya Ruby Frazier (b. 1982, Braddock, Pennsylvania, USA) lives and works in New Brunswick, New Jersey and New York, New York. She earned a BFA from Edinboro University (2004), an MFA from Syracuse University (2007), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007), Artist in the Marketplace at the The Bronx Museum of the Arts (2009), and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2011). Awards and honors include Art Matters (2010); the S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award from National Academy Museum (2008); and the Geraldine Dodge Fellowship Award from the College Art Association (2006). She has been an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2010), Omi International Arts Center (2009), and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2008). Her work has been included in the exhibitions Commercial Break, Garage Projects, 54th Venice Biennale (2011); Aperture Foundation Green Cart Commission: Moveable Feast, Museum of the City of New York (2011); Pittsburgh Biennial, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2011); VideoStudio: Changing Same, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville (2011); Documentary and Divergence, Manchester Craftsmen Guild, Pittsburgh (2010); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2010); Mother May I, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2010); 50 Artists Photograph the Future, Higher Pictures, New York (2010); Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009); and GESTURES: An Exhibition of Small Site-Specific Works, Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh (2009). She is the Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries and teaches photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.