FT Weekend presents: Zora J Murff and Tarrah Krajnak in conversation
Join photographer Zora J Murff in conversation with photographer Tarrah Krajnak as they discuss their background, work, and influences. Spanning the political, personal, and institutional, both artists use expanded forms of documentary practice to question the role of photography in shaping history. Murff and Krajnak will also discuss their commitment to teaching and how the role of educator continues to shape their individual studio practices.
Zora J Murff is an artist and educator living in Fayetteville, AR. Since leaving social work to pursue photography over a decade ago, Murff’s work has consistently grappled with the entanglement of image-making in the histories of spectacle, commodification, and race. Works from Murff’s series At No Point In Between were included in the 2021 Louis Roederer Discovery Exhibition at the Recontres d’Arles and Companion Pieces: New Photography 2020 at the Museum of Modern Art. Murff was selected for the inaugural Next Step Award, a collaboration between Aperture Foundation, Baxter Street CCNY, and 7G Foundation.
Tarrah Krajnak is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. She was awarded the 2021 Louis Roederer Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles for her work Master Rituals II: Weston’s Nudes. Her project El Jardín De Senderos Que Se Bifurcan was awarded the 2020 Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and was published by DAIS books in May 2021. Her work engages with intellectual and material histories ranging from the socio-political conditions of Lima, Peru in the late 1970’s, to the legacy of modernist canons within the history of photography. Krajnak is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She produces and hosts the podcast series “The Careful Photograph” highlighting BIPOC voices in contemporary photography