StoryCode's Chapters hold monthly events feature immersive media project presentations coupled WITH discussion.
Bayeté Ross Smith / QuestionBridge
The Question Bridge: Black Males project is a platform for Black men of all ages and backgrounds to ask and respond to questions about life in America. We created it to stimulate connections and understanding among Black men, but we also wanted to show the diversity of thought, character and identity in the Black male population so rarely seen in American media. In essence, we want to represent and redefine Black male identity in America.
In 2012, the project launched as a documentary-styled video art installation, but since then, it has expanded to include an interactive website and mobile app, community engagement events and an education curriculum for high school students.
About Bayeté Ross Smith:
Bayeté Ross Smith is an photographer, multi-media artist, filmmaker, and educator living in New York City. He is represented by beta pictoris gallery/Maus Contemporary.
He began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation. Bayeté has exhibited with San Francisco Arts Commission, the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1, the Missouri History Museum, BRIC Arts gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, the Leica Gallery, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland), to name a few. His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" have shown at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, respectively. His work has also been featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest in Sheffield England and the L.A. Film Festival.
He has been involved in a variety of community and public art projects. His accolades include an International Center of Photography Infinity Award for New Media in 2015, the FSP/Jerome Fellowship, fellowships and residencies with the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Kala Institute, A Blade of Grass Fellowship, and Create Change the Laundromat Project’s Create Change residency, to name a few. His photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002); SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Working Mother Magazine.As an educator, He has taught with the International Center of Photography, New York University, Parsons: the New School for Design, the California College of the Arts, and Kean University. Bayeté is currently the Associate Program Director for KAVI (Kings against Violence Initiative), a violence prevention non-profit organization in New York that has a partnership with Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. Register Here