COPPER Magazine is a carefully curated sensory exhibition which uncovers and celebrates the electric, meaningful, and innovative storytelling from artists of color who work within all artistic mediums. The artists we showcase create a counter-narrative through works driven by culture, religion, political views, and identity, building a community of artistic minds capable and willing to challenge homogenized art.
Creative Director (East Coast)
South Bronx based artist and photographer, Amanda Johnson’s practice focuses on Black femininity and the female body as represented in art history, the media and society and detaches from the sexual associations of nudity and incorporates ideas of transforming the body into a sculptural entity.
Johnson obtained a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a concentration in photography from Earlham College, a private liberal arts school in the Midwest. Currently, Johnson is an MFA Photography candidate at Parsons School of Design.
Her work has been exhibited at Hellgate Art Center, Ghost Gallery, Gallery, Brooklyn Tea, El Rincon Social in participation with Photofest, Houston and Photoville in New York City. Internationally, she has shown at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China and Platform L in Korea. Her work has also been purchased by Earlham College to be a part of their permanent art collection. She is also a candidate for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Teaching Fellowship.
Creative Director (West Coast)
Los Angeles based photographer Adrian White creates portraiture primarily dealing with memory, trauma and history from the perspective of people of the African diaspora. His goal is to connect with his ancestors by remembering the past, documenting the present and imaging a utopian future.
White was born and raised in the small tobacco and cotton town of Stantonsburg, NC. He studied at North Carolina Central University (BA, 2002), Brooks Institute of Photography (BFA 2014) and Parsons School of Design (MFA in Photography and Related Media 2019).
“My photographic process places as much an emphasis on preserving memories as it does creating images. Memories have the power to heal. We just have to pay attention to what they’re trying to tell us.".
Chief Marketing Director
Steven Baboun is an artist and photographer from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and based in New York City. He received his Bachelor's degree in Film and Media Arts and a minor in Education Studies at American University in Washington, DC. He's currently an MFA Photography candidate at Parsons School of Design.
Baboun creates through photography, installation, video, and performance art. His work explores diverse social issues within the Haitian community such as queerness, race and social class, politics, religion (namely Vodou and Catholicism), and multi-cultural identities. Baboun presents to the world the complexities of Haitian society and how Haiti is an incubator for innovation, creativity, and storytelling. Haiti has always been the center of negative attention in the media– oftentimes depicting an inauthentic and sensationalized representation of the island. Through his work, he counters this toxic narrative by showing that Haiti is a country driven by racial and sexual diversity and dynamic spirituality. He is inspired by the ever-evolving nature of the self, his country and its narratives.
His works have traveled to Haiti, New York City, Los Angeles, China, Miami, and South Korea.
Director of Business Development
Tere Garcia is originally from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BFA in Photography and Digital Media and is currently pursuing her MFA in Photography at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.
Garcia works in a variety of media such as video, sculpture, installation, traditional and digital photography. Her work employs conceptual and performative tactics to intervene in the photographic processes of cognition and to question the image as the repository of meaning. Her work turns on interventions into the image making process in order to destabilize the ground upon which it rests.
Garcia has exhibited at The Houston Center for Photography, Blaffer Art Museum, Box 13, HCC Central Fine Art Gallery, Fotofest participating spaces, Rudolph Blume Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY.
“I aim to complicate the textuality of an image, how it is read, by exposing and complicating the space it seeks to naturalize.”