Franchesca G. Lamarre

Detroit, MI

flamarre36@gmail.com

queencomplexdetroit@gmail.com

(B. 1996) Detroit native, Afro-Futurist, interdisciplinary Artivist

 

Education:

  • 2014-2015, Illustration, College For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

  • 2013, Fashion Construction, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

 

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2019 “And Stay There" , AfroFuture Film Series, Norwest Gallery of Art, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Darryl D. Terrell)

  • 2019 “Divergent Griots: AfroFuture Film Series, Creator’s Den, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 “Urban Truths: A Tale of two Cities”, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Ambreia Stephens)

  • 2019 “VIRAGO”, Live 6: Civic Commons, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Cyrah Dardus)

  • 2019 “Supreme, a Voyage to Afrofuturism”, Norwest Gallery of Art, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Asia Hamilton)

  • 2018 “ Theotokos, New Visons of the Mother of God”, Schvitz Detroit, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Cyrah Dardus)

  • 2018 “If These Walls Could Talk”, Black Door Studios, Fisher Building, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Errin Whitaker)

  • 2018 “48HR x Art Babes”, Hidden Gate Gallery, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Cyrah Dardus)

  • 2018 “Black Tattoo Expo”, Dearborn, MI ( Curated by Jason Phillips)

  • 2018 “Black Idenity: Redefining the black body”, Carr Center Gallery, Downtown Detroit, MI ( Curated by Donald Dudley & Laura Gibson)

  • 2018 “Salt Water” Hatch Art Gallery, Hamtramck, MI ( Curated by Cyrah Dardus)

  • 2018 “Black Independence Day”, Baltimore Gallery, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Ciera Am)

  • 2018 Arab American National Museum Print Show, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

  • 2018 “ Problematic” Schvitz Detroit, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Cyrah Dardus)

  • 2017 “Murals & Sliders, Baltimore Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 2017 “Black Independence Day”, Baltimore Gallery, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Ciera Am)

  • 2016 “Thoughts”, Detroit is the New Black, Detroit, MI (Curated by Aaron Johnson Jr.)

  • 2016 “Art babes” Detroit Culture Club, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Bree Gant)

  • 2016 “48 Hour Experience”, Junction Hall Gallery (Curated by Tony Rave & Leah Rutt)

  • 2016 “Young Heroes”, Robert Alder Gallery, Detroit, MI (Curated by Blair S. Watts)

  • 2015 “Art Babes”, Detroit Culture Club, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Bree Gant)

  • 2014 “MOCAD pop up show”, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Detroit, MI (Curated by Tylonn J. Sawyer)

  • 2014 “Student Exhibition” College For Creative Studies, Illustration Department Gallery, Detroit, MI

  • 2013 “NAACP ACTSO National Conference”, Painting, Las Vegas, NV

  • 2013 “Scholastics Arts and Writing Michigan”, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

  • 2013 Usher’s New Look World Leadership Conference, Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta, GA

  • 2013 “Black Bottom Paradise Valley” pop up show, Harmony Garden Park, Detroit, MI

  • 2013, Michigan F.A.S.H Fest, Library Street, Downtown Detroit, MI

  • 2012 “NAACP ACTSO National Conference”, Painting, Orlando, FL

  • 2012 Detroit Design Festival Kick-Off Party Showcase, A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, Detroit, MI ( Curated by Melinda Anderson)

  • 2012, Joe Faris & Denise IlItch Presents “Fashion In Detroit”, Motor City Sound Board Theatre, Detroit, MI

  • 2011, “Fashion Against Aids”, Saint Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI

Curatorial Shows/Projects/Workshops:

  • 2019 “And Stay There" , AfroFuture Film Series, Norwest Gallery of Art, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 “The Burn > Kill Ego”, Norwest Gallery of Art, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 AfroFuture Fest, Feedom Freedom, Detroit MI

  • 2019 “Mitigation Griots: AfroFuture Film Series”, HomeBase, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 “Divergent Griots: AfroFuture Film Series, Creator’s Den, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 Complex People Book Club, Room Project, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 “Who are Afrofuturist: A Question for the Observed Black Identity”- Workshop, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2019

Publication:

  • 2019 MetroTimes (Article), “Jemele Hill and Ian Wallace celebrated their engagement party at Detroit’s Fisher Mansion”, by Imani Mixon

  • 2019 MetroTimes (Article), “Detroit rapper Monalyse on being mentored by Pusha T and spitting the Black girl gospel”, by Jasmine Epsy

  • 2019 MetroiTimes (Cover) ,“How adult nights at Detroit’s roller rinks are keeping black skating culture alive” by Imani Mixon

  • 2018 LAC ( Life as Ceremony) Volume 6 published by Alice Baca

  • 2017 WIP ( Work in Progress) December 2017 Issue published by Madison Koster

Artist Talks:

  • 2019 “Divergent Griots: AfroFuture Film Series, Creator’s Den, Detroit, MI

  • 2019 “VIRAGO”, Live 6: Civic Commons, Detroit, MI

  • 2018 “Millenials in Creative Careers”, Carr Center, Downtown Detroit, MI

  • 2018 “What is the future of creativity?”, PlayGround Detroit, Detroit, MI

Interviews/Articles/Podcast:

  • Fader (Interview), “The story behind AfroFuture Fest’s controversial race-based pay model”, Jasmine Epsy

  • NY Times (Article),“Detroit Festival Backtracks After Charging White People Double”, Derrick Bryson Taylor

  • The Washington Post (Article), “A Detroit music festival charged white people double. Then the backlash started.”, Antonia Noori Farzan

  • Essence (Article), “AfroFuture Fest Faces Backlash After Charging White Attendees Twice As Much As Black Attendees”, Breanna Edwards

  • MetroTimes (Article) “AfroFuture Fest changes ticket structure after controversy”, Jasmine EpsySara Barron, “Detroit intersectional femme art collective to take over the Schvitz”- Metro Times

  • Piper Carter Podcast, “AfroFuture Youth Founders Numi & Franchesca on #AfroFutureFest”, Detroit Is Different

  • SipsFlixandChix (Podcast), “PULL UP FOR THE KIDS”- Mack Alive, Detroit MI

  • JessHuman (Interview), “Living Out Loud: Recognizing the Contributions of Queer Detroit”, Jessica Cornwell,

  • Stretch the Culture Podcast, “Do you Really Want to Know”- Fisher Building, Detroit, MI

  • Adulting the Podcast, “Gobble Gobble N***as”- Detroit Foundation Hotel, Detroit, MI

  • PlayGround (Article) “Detroit, Art babes present “Problematic” group exhibition at the Schvitz”- Playground Detroit

  • WIP Magazine, “Practicing creatives from Detroit”- Morgan Parker

Professional Experience:

  • Co-Founder and Co-Director of AfroFuture Fest, Feedom Freedom, Detroit, MI, 2019

  • Founder and Director of Complex People Book Club, RoomProject, Detroit, MI, 2019

  • Conference Social Media Consultant, Local Progress: Equity, Justice, & Power, Detroit, MI, 2019

  • CityGirlsBigDreams, Director of Photography, Detroit, MI, 2019

  • Co-Director of Afrofuture Youth, Allied Media Sponsored Projects, Detroit, MI, 2019

  • Director of Photography and Film, TAJI: Adornments, Detroit, MI 2019

  • Creative Director, VIRAGO Part 1, Detroit, MI, 2019

  • Workshop Lead, Vibranium Visions: Art and Tech Through the Black Eye, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 2019

  • Illustrator, MOCAD Monster Drawing Rally, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Visual Notetaker, Project Destined, Manhattan, NYC, 2018

  • Conference Photographer, Public x Design, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Creative Direction, Detroit Clothing Circle, Fall Campaign, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Social Media Consultant, Art Babes Detroit, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Creative Direction, DSE Detroit, Summer Campaign, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Social Media Consultant, We Are Culture Creators, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Creative Direction, Pingree Detroit, Fall Campaign, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Body Arts/ Special Effects Artist, DSE Detroit, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Body Arts/Special Effects Artist, Riding With Aunt DDOT Film, Detroit, MI, 2018

  • Exterior Gallery Muralist, Baltimore Gallery, Detroit, MI, 2017-2018

  • Fashion Assistant, Dana Keaton Collection, Detroit, MI , 2013-2016

  • Fashion Instructor, Detroit Design Festival, Detroit, MI, 2015-2016

  • Youth Programs Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI, 2014-2015

  • Gallery Assistant, Arts Extended Gallery, Detroit, MI, 2013-2015