painted by Darius Baber

Former mayoral candidate of Detroit, Ingrid LaFleur, is an advocate for economic justice. As the founder and director of AFROTOPIA, she researches and implements Afrofuturist strategies to address socioeconomic challenges. LaFleur speaks about the use of Afrofuturism as a framework for building new systems of finance and government using blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  AFROTOPIA includes a film series, monthly book club, a performance art festival and an Afrofuturism Archive.

Within her artistic practice, using sculpture, sound, site-specific installation and performance, LaFleur creates healing experiences that are focused on attending to intergenerational trauma embedded in our DNA. 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); Traveling to Turiya: The Future Mapping Project at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College and Popps Emporium in Detroit; Take Root Among the Stars at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

Known for her expertise in Afrofuturism, LaFleur has presented at Centre Pompidou (Paris), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference (Dortmund, Germany), and Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), Oxford University (Oxford, England), among others. She serves as board chair of Powerhouse Productions, a founding member of the Detroit Culture Council, board member of the Cooley Reuse Project and advisory board member of Culture Lab Detroit. LaFleur is the host of the podcast Ancient Future News and creative director of EMB Collective Design Studio based in Detroit Michigan.