The Story of BlackVign

In honor of the timeless "I heard it through the Grapevine," method of oral history--BlackVign is based on the underground information network in the graphic novel Captain America Truth: Red, White, & Black.

 

"As we understand it, Negroes have their own secret means for spreading news by word of mouth. Among themselves, it's called the blackvine." --Mr. Tully from the pages of Captain America Truth: Red, White, & Black.

 

In marginalized communities, there are stories that will never be heard if they are not told by the ones in those communities.

 

As a multimedia non-profit, BlackVign is focused on collecting and telling the stories that represent life as it is truly lived. BlackVign connects its audience to lives that are otherwise lived in secret, showing that all life is beautiful.

The Artist

Daniel D. Edwards is an artist that uses photography to address sensitive social and personal topics.  His goal is to spark constructive conversation.  He uses narrative portraiture primarily and also utilizes alternative processes and still life.  Having his hands in the creation of the work is important to him and without a story his work doesn’t have a purpose.

 

His work is a culmination of multiple interests with the goal of creating a solid foundation for his non-profit BlackVign.  As a multimedia non-profit, BlackVign is focused on collecting and telling the stories that represent life as it is truly lived. BlackVign connects its audience to lives that are otherwise lived in secret, showing that all life is beautiful.  BlackVign will be a platform for other artists to create and showcase their work.  One of the main criteria is that the work has to be socially-engaged.  That is, it has to get the viewer to think critically about the topic at hand.

 

In addition to having a platform to support other artists, he plans to teach photography as well.  He would like to be the guide he didn’t have for an aspiring photographer.

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