Lorraine O'Grady (born 1934 in Boston) is an American artist and critic. She works in conceptual art and performance art that integrates photo and video installation. Her work explores the cultural construction of identity - particularly that of black female subjectivity - as shaped by the experience of diaspora and hybridity. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to Jamaican parents, O'Grady studied at Wellesley College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop before becoming an artist. Regarding the purpose of art, O'Grady said in 2016: "I think art’s first goal is to remind us that we are human, whatever that is. I suppose the politics in my art could be to remind us that we are all human."
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American, African American
Artist, Conceptual Artist, Performance Artist, Photographer, Video Artist
Lorraine O'Grady
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