True Colors (or, Affirmations in a Crisis)

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True Colors (or, Affirmations in a Crisis) is a chronicle of survival by trailblazing artist Zora J Murff. Murff constructs a manual for coming to terms with the historical and contemporary realities of America’s divisive structures of privilege and caste.

Since leaving social work to pursue photography over a decade ago, Murff’s work has consistently grappled with the complicit entanglement of the medium in the histories of spectacle, commodification, and race, often contextualizing his own photographs with found and appropriated images and commissioned texts. True Colors continues that work, expanding to address the act of remembering and the politics of self, which Murff identifies as “the duality of Black patriotism and the challenges of finding belonging in places not made for me—of creating an affirmation in a moment of crisis as I learn to remake myself in my own image.”

Author(s): Tay Butler, Widline Cadet, Nick Drain, Bill Gaskins, Nick Norman, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Legacy Russell, Jay Simple, Aaron Turner, Terence Washington, and Rana Young


Paperback, Aperture, 2022
256 p, 10 × 12  in.