Band of Vices is pleased to announce the solo contemporary photography exhibition of Ali LeRoi – The Only Life We Know – Photography from East Africa & South Los Angeles.
This photographic body of work is rooted in shining a light on & uplifting the Black community as it is based on showing the complexity of their lives through the lens of its youth. These photographs are powerful expressions displaying Black life in unforgiving settings. His imagery reveals much depth and breadth associated with these communities that is oftentimes overlooked.
LeRoi centers his photographic lens on breaking the mold of showing black life as a monolithic struggle or a singular pain as his photographs show great strength of character & resolve to overcome the struggle of living always in a state of lack. His photographs are imbued with great hope & expectations for a better future in these young eyes.
Born & raised in Chicago, Illinois during the volatile 1960s, LeRoi has established himself as an Emmy Award-winning film writer/producer, director & photographer. This is his debut exhibition with Band of Vices.
The Only Life We Know will be on view from Saturday, June 8th ‘til July 6th, 2019 with an Opening & Artist Reception on Saturday, June 8th from 6 to 9pm. The artist will be In-Conversation with actress & art-collector Tichina Arnold on Saturday, June 22nd from 4-6pm.