In honor of the recent announcement of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Awardees, we are sharing LaToya Ruby Frazier’s “Flint Is Family” project.  Flint is a visual project that explores the impact of the Flint, Michigan water crisis on three generations of black women. Frazier spent 5 months chronicling the lives of Shea Cobb, her 9-year-old daughter Zion, and her mother Renée as they endured what Elle Magazine’s Mattie Kahn and others have called, “the worst man-made environmental catastrophes in recent national memory (August 8, 2016).” This project, done in collaboration with Elle magazine, was Frazier’s first project after receiving the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2015. (Photo credit © Elle magazine, LaToya Ruby Frazier “Flint is Family,” 2016)

Check out the full collaboration with Elle magazine here: 

http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a37628/flint-michigan-water-crisis-latoya-ruby-frazier/#the-family

Buy Frazier’s Notion of Family here: 

http://aperture.org/shop/frazier-notion-of-family-pb

For more about the water crisis read here: 

http://www.flintwaterclassaction.com/news/