Valerie Chiang is the managing editor of spot and Marketing Coordinator of HCP.
Darold Cuba is the first WikiFellow and Wikimedian In Residence at Columbia University, documenting the “freedom colonies” created along the colonial pathways as “resistance” & the original “safe spaces” from Western Colonialism, a collaboration in Oral History & the CGUI Lab, where he serves as the Wikipedia Visiting Scholar. As a journalist and producer, he wrote the “Not Forgotten” columns on Emmett Till and Medgar Evers for The New York Times. Darold can usually be found exploring the intersections of race, class, technology and culture in context to history, anthropological institutions and systems, and other varying human structures the world over.
Ashlyn Davis is the editor of spot and Executive Director and Curator of HCP.
Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Wedge Collection, Toronto; and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.
Zora J Murff
Zora J Murff is an Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Arkansas. Zora received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora’s work explores how photography is intertwined with social and cultural constructs. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including Aperture Magazine, The New Yorker, VICE Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, and The New York Times. Zora was named a 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist, an honoree for PDN’s 30: New & Emerging Photographers to Watch, was selected for the 2019 Light Work Artist-in-Residence Program, named the Daylight Photo Award Winner, and was also selected as a LensCulture Top 50 Emerging Talent with his collaborative partner Rana Young. Zora’s first monograph, Corrections, was published by Aint-Bad Editions in 2015 and his second monograph, LOST, Omaha, was published by Kris Graves Projects in 2018
Erika Thompson currently serves as community liaison for the African American Library at The Gregory School (The Gregory School), one of Houston Public Library system’s three local research centers. Prior to her position at The Gregory School, Erika worked at the National Archives in Washington, DC and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Erika graduated from University of Houston, where she double-majored in Psychology and Radio/TV; she went on to earn her Master’s in Africana Studies from Cornell University and is ABD with a terminal Master’s in American Studies from University of Maryland.