Ingrid LaFleur is a cultural producer, arts advocate, curatorial director of House Opera l Opera House, and founder of AFROTOPIA. LaFleur has developed and organized art exhibitions both nationally and internationally with a curatorial focus on Afrofuturism. Curatorial projects include Sigi Fest at House Opera l Opera House in Detroit (2015) and Where Paradise Grows at Goethe OnMain, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014). As guest curator at the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, LaFleur organizes the Afrofuturism Film Series.
In 2013, LaFleur founded AFROTOPIA. Based in Detroit, AFROTOPIA is an evolving creative research project that investigates the possibilities of using the arts movement Afrofuturism as psychosocial healing. LaFleur explores ideas around historical traumas, myth-making, transcendence, and the role of spirit science and technology within Black American socio-political movements. AFROTOPIA includes a film series, classes for youth, monthly book club, a Dj-in-residence program, a performance art festival and an Afrofuturism Archive.
Within her artistic practice, using sculpture, sound, site-specific installation and performance, LaFleur further unpacks ideas around trauma, which have arisen as a result of audience engagement through AFROTOPIA. She has exhibited in BOOM City Detroit curated by Dashboard Co-op (2015); the Something Else Off Biennial, Cairo, Egypt curated by Simon Njami (2015); Future Africa-Visions in Time at the Iwalewahaus at University of Bayreuth, Germany (2015-ongoing).
Known for her expertise on Afrofuturism, LaFleur has presented at Centre Pompidou (Paris), Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Creative Mornings (Detroit), Iwalewahaus at the University of Bayreuth (Bayreuth, Germany), College for Creative Studies (Detroit). She is a recipient of the 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Award and serves as board chair of Powerhouse Productions, board member of the Cooley Reuse Project and advisory board member of Culture Lab Detroit. LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.
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