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Working in the areas of digital photography and multimedia arts, my projects explore themes such as race, cultural ritual, memory, and celebration. My current work explores the photograph as a sacred and reproducible object.

ekphrasis

tumblr Blog: Project Ekphrasis

Project Ekphrasis explores relationships between images, sound and memory. Using this literary concept of ekphrasis (a greek word meaning to describe one form of art, while articulating another form) allows me to experiment with divergent art forms.

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current project

The exhibition by D.R.A.G. (the Down River Art Gang) will be held at Northwestern State University’s Orville J. Hanchey Gallery from Oct. 6 to Nov. 7, 2014 and is part of the NSU Creole Heritage Center’s Creole Heritage Celebration as well as the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration.

Images of Senegal
 
  • Battle Ground
  • Mon Seerer
  • Puzzled
  • Quitting Time
  • Bread Runner
  • Children At The Door
  • Colored
  • Double Dutch
  • Fishing Village
  • Holy Verses
  • Resting Griot
  • House Of Slaves
 
Descubra Argentina
 
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  • CarInSanTelmo
  • CopaStupid
  • Dogs
  • Doll
  • IguazuFalls
  • LaBoca
  • LaBocaBuildings
  • LaBocaSoccer
  • Recoletta2
  • Recoletta5
 

 

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Coming Soon

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October 2014


DRAG "Deep Waters" Exhibition 
Reception –– November 7, 2014
140 Central Avenue, Natchitoches 71497

Unfinished image concepts. profundo and bloom! ©2014 giraudpolite.com




September (21st) 2014


People’s Climate Festival on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 10:00am–4:00pm at Congo Square-Armstrong Park
701 N Rampart St, (Treme) New Orleans, LA 70116. 

Featured Artist and Art consultant renderings

 


September | October 2014


VCOM Faculty Show 2014

Visual Communications
September 9 - October 4
Atrium Gallery "B Building"
Brookhaven College

The Brookhaven College Visual Communications Department is pleased to present our annual Faculty/Staff show.

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition includes work by Brookhaven VCOM faculty Christine Patrick-Jenkins, Oscar Vela, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Jillian Round, Karie Williams, Rock Morris, Wes Smith, Sandy Harris, and Giraud Polite.

No reception will be held.

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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the Swamp; the Mill; the Bayou ©2014 giraudpolite.com

September | October 2013



VCOM Faculty Show 2013

Visual Communications
September 9 - October 4
Atrium Gallery "B Building"
Brookhaven College

The Brookhaven College Visual Communications Department is pleased to present our annual Faculty/Staff show.

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition includes work by Oscar Vela, Lauri Collins, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Jillian Round, Karie Williams, Rock Morris, Wes Smith, Randy Presson, and Giraud Polite.

No reception will be held.

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

Artist Statement

The following set of photographs: Establishing Shot, Long Shot, Wide shot, and Medium Shot, illuminate the work of narrative film pioneers Georges Méliès and Edwin S. Porter's departure from the static one camera perspective, into a series of interesting shot sizes, which have worked to provide more continuity to the present narrative scene.

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August | September 2013


US: Identity and voice of Americans of African descent
August 26 - September 13 --- 2013

Opening Reception, Thursday August 29th at 7pm.
The Cliff Galley, Mountainview College

Mountainview College
4849 W. Illinois Ave.
Dallas, TX 75211
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Mountain View College has launched its African-American/Black Studies Experience, which consists of curriculum and programming that explores the array of differing voices and styles within and among Americans of African descent. The goal of this exhibit is to demonstrate that being an American of African descent does not have a specific look or pattern, yet it has a distinct resonance within the greater whole. This exhibition is curated by Dr. Janice L. Franklin, professor of Humanities and Music at Mountianview College.

 

January | March 2013


Reframing Documentary: Creative PhD in Progress
January 25 - March 2 --- 2013

Opening Reception, Friday January 25th.
Visual Arts Building, The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas
Art & Performance Office, JO 31
800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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This photography exhibition, curated by UT Dallas faculty member Marilyn Waligore, includes the work of seven creative UT Dallas PhD students: Lilly Albrittion, Charley Bevill, Diane McGurren , Cynthia Miller, June Owens, Giraud Polite, and Lupita Murillo Tinnen. These artists use the camera to create records of contemporary life and add to our collective archive of shared histories.



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September| October 2012


VCOM Faculty Show 2012

Visual Communications
September 4 - October 5
Atrium Gallery B Building
Brookhaven College

The Brookhaven College Visual Communications Department is pleased to present our annual Faculty/Staff show.

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition includes work by Oscar Vela, Lauri Collins, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Jillian Round, Mona Kasra, Rock Morris, Wes Smith, Mary Quiarte, and Giraud Polite.

No reception will be held.

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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November| December 2011


“Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

This exhibition will feature artist work in response to the common book read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Participating Artist include: Vicki Meek, Valerie Gillespie, Emmanuel Gillespie, Giraud Polite, Letitia Huckaby, Earline Green, John Spriggins, David Connolly, T. N. Vásquez, Bernice Montgomery, Johnny Coleman, Wura-Natasha Shogun, Michael K. Taylor, Love Olivia, Regina Aug, and Robert McLuhan.

Mountain view College
4849 W. Illinois Ave.
Dallas, TX 75211
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November 15th thru December 9th

Reception: Saturday, November 19th at 2pm

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Unbreakable Faith

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Henrietta's story encouraged the construction of this visual narrative using ink printed on metal. Designed to be hung freely from a flat surface, these panels hold symbols which represent certain human characteristics, chiefly communicating qualities and phenomena such as; unity, humility, strength, god's presence, the heavens, learning from our past, love, and harmony. All qualities, which I believe Henrietta possessed, provided, and will mostly certainly be remembered for.

October | November 2011


Brookhaven College Visual Communications Faculty Show

The Brookhaven College Visual Communications Department is pleased to present our annual Faculty/Staff show, in the Atrium Gallery Oct. 3-Nov. 4.

The annual Art Faculty Exhibition includes work by Giraud Polite, Lauri Collins, Ray-Mel Cornelius, Jerry Hill, Ted Forbes, Margie Bowles, Rock Morris, Eric Baze, Jillian Round, Christine Patrick-Jenkins, Wes Smith and Oscar Vela.

There will be no reception.

Brookhaven College Atrium Gallery
October 3rd thru November 4th

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244
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Summer 2011


Alternative Processes (Online Only)

Working with classic printing processes such as Cyanotype, Albumen, Silver Gelatin, Gum Bichromate, Kalli-type & Platinum/Palladium, I utilized several already digitally shot images and transferred these images to digital negatives. From these negatives, I used a combination of chemical solutions, the sun, and a variety of non-darkroom developing processes in order to print a small series of these images on fine archival paper.

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January 2011


Brookhaven College Visual Communications Faculty Show

Brookhaven College Atrium Gallery
Exhibited piece entitled "The Doors of South America."
January 18th threw February 19th 2011

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Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View L.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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October 2010


Things I've Seen Before| Photo/Video Exhibit

Brookhaven College Atrium Gallery
Exhibited pieces from Descartes Buenos Aires
October 8th thru October 29th 2010

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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From Buenos Aires, Argentina to The Dominican Republic, Giraud has peered through his viewfinder in search of that one tree hill, royal blue sky married to a perfect orange sunset, or that other special moment which many photographers seek, only to find things he has seen before. Simple mundane moments between moments, which may not seem like anything special at the time, but somehow after being strung together with other simple seemingly insignificant moments, work together to produce some sort of magical narrative. Nonetheless, these are things he has seen before.

 

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Summer 2010

Project Argentina | Documentary

Video | Descubra Buenos Aires


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February 2010



Through Our Eyes | Photo Exhibition


(sponsor's weblink)

In celebration of Black History Month, VisitBlackDallas.com will host a photo exhibition showcasing the wonderful and rich visual tapestry of the African American life. Thirteen photographers have submitted images capturing their unique perspective of the African American Experience. *Proceeds from sales will benefit The South Dallas Cultural Center.

February 12 -27, 2010
9:30 am - 6 - pm

Janette Kennedy Gallery @ Southside on Lamar
1409 S Lamar
Dallas, TX 75215

Exhibit Reception: Saturday, February 27, 2010
6pm - 8pm

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February | March 2010


Brookhaven College Visual Communications Faculty Show

Brookhaven College Atrium Gallery
Exhibited pieces from Black & While Convert & The Art of Skateboarding Benefit
February 1st thru March 1st 2010

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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December/January 2009


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Music: Breathe Me, by Sia.

Please allow time for video to download, turn up the volume and enjoy!
--- thanks for your patience.

November 2009


The Art of Skateboarding
Southside on Lamar (in the Janette Kennedy Gallery)
1409 S Lamar
Dallas, TX 75215
www.theartofskateboarding.org

Saturday, November 7, 2009
7pm - 11pm

This fund raising event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. The proceeds will help TSRHC to continue to provide the highest quality medical care to thousands of Texas children. TSRHC treats Texas children, from birth to age 18, with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders, limb-length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders at no charge to patient families.

Throughout the evening guests will bid on and purchase their favorite artist's skateboard & other auction items. South Side on Lamar will have on display 200 skateboards designed by either a celebrity artist, an art student, a TSRHC patient, a clothing designer, a graphic designer, or a local artist.

My contribution to this event is entitled "Nyame Dua."


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August
2009

ART SHOW HAPPY HOUR AND SILENT AUCTION
Absinthe Lounge
1409 S Lamar #008
Dallas, TX 75215
214.421.5500
www.absinthelounge.com

Saturday, August 15, 2009
7pm - 10pm (Happy Hour Prices at the Bar)
21 and Over are Welcome

Featured Artists: Giraud Polite / David Anthony Harman / JUNKIE

This exhibit/art auction will include select framed 8x10 images from my body of work, "Black & White Convert."



*Silent Auction Purchases will be Cash or Check ONLY

Come and Enjoy Happy Hour on Saturdays with Creative Dallas-based Artists, Funky, Old School Music spun by 12 yr old DJ Paige,
Happy Hour Drink Prices and a
Cool, Sexy, Laid Back Atmosphere.

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April 2009


April 17th, 2009

ENVY Magazine's Safari Nights
Applauding Eco Friendly Endeavors

The Beat at Southside Station
1001 Belleview
Dallas, Texas 75215

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This exhibit/art auction includes select images from my body of work "Dance of the Gods".

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Work from several other Southside on Lamar artist will also be up for auction.

7pm to 10pm
RSVP at safarinights.eventbrite.com

Proceeds Benefiting --- Caring Hands Uganda Charity

http:www.caringhandsuganda.org/


February | March
2009


January 31st through March 1st, 2009

Captured by the Lens, Past and Present

Irving Arts Center
3333 North MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 300
Irving Texas 75062

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This exhibit includes select images from my bodies of work centered around the African Diaspora.

Opening Reception, February 7th, from 5pm to 7pm

Other Exhibiting Artists:
Orville Brown, Floyd Ferguson, Tony Grimes, Zunoraine Holmes, and Uche Ogbonna

November | December 2008


November 2nd through December 31, 2008

The Magnitude of Negritude

Texas Caribbean Foods
Southside Lofts
1409 South Lamar St. (At the corner of Bellview and Lamar)

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This exhibit includes select images from my bodies of work centered around the African Diaspora.

Opening Reception, December 11th, from 6pm to 8pm

A portion of the proceeds from sold work will go towards the funding of the Newcomers Club Parade Fund.

Check out my recent radio interview with Kim Harris, host of internet radio show "Dialogs with Kim." We discuss my work as an artist/educator, in additional to recent exhibits.

podCast Click here to download podcast.


September | October 2008


Brookhaven College Visual Communications Faculty Show

Brookhaven College Atrium Gallery
Exhibited pieces from Flesh & Tones & Somos Dominicanos
September 2nd thru October 5th 2008

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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May | June 2008


Photoworks 2008

The University of Texas at Dallas
Art & Performance Office, JO 31
800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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This exhibit will include a Video installation entitled, Flesh & Tones, in addition to a series of digital photography from my previous work.

Work from 9 additional photographers from UTD will also be on display.

Opening Reception, Friday May 16th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00
Visual Arts Building, The University of Texas at Dallas
May 16 through June 4, 2008


February 2008


Snapshots: Dallas/Ft Worth Contemporary Photographers At A Glance

February 1 through April 13, 2008
The African American Museum
3536 Grand Ave.
Dallas, Texas

214.565.9026

The exhibit will include at most, five large black and white pieces from my body of work entitled, Somos Dominicanos, and one color image, "The House of Slaves," from my work shot in West Africa entitled, Everyday People: Images of Senegal.

Work from 18 additional photographers from the DFW metro area will also be on display.

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Opening Reception, Wednesday February 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30

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November 2007


IN A FLASH: Photography in Dallas

November 1 through December 31, 2007


The new ARTHELLO BECK GALLERY presents some of Dallas' finest African American photographers in this exhibit that represents the diversity of this artist community. Featuring the works of Giraud Polite, Charley Mitcherson, Carl Sidle, Dave Herman, Niesha Graves and Wendell Gorden, IN A FLASH is a marvelous collage of the many visual voices speaking in the African American photography world.

Where: South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave
When: T- Fri 12 noon-8 pm; Sat 10 am-4 pm
Admission: FREE

Sponsored by: SDCC
Contact Name: Vicki Meek
Contact Phone: 214/670-0315
Contact Email: victoria.meek@dallascityhall.com

 

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Brookhaven College Visual Communications Faculty Show

Brookhaven College Atrium Gallery
Exhibited pieces from Dance of the Gods & Somos Dominicanos
August 27th thru September 30th 2007

Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Ln.
Farmers Branch (Dallas), TX 75244

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August 2007


Group Show (Threads)
Featuring, Everyday People: Images of Senegal & Somos Dominicanos
July 10th thru September 7th 2007

The Continental Lofts Gallery (In Deep Ellum)
Ground Floor
3311 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 653-9443

Opening Reception Friday, August 10th @ 7 p.m.

This event will also feature artwork by Mr. Wendall and David Newton, as well as music by Richmond Punch.

Additional sponsorship for this event provided by Refugees International Committee , Ted's Kitchen, and The African American Museum.

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July 2007


Hecho en Dallas, Group Show
Featuring three pieces from my body of work entitled Dance of The Gods, Offering, Shadow & Lace, and Tweety Bird
June 19th thru August 19th 2007

Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 670-3320


Opening Reception Thursday, July 19th @ 5pm

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Exhibitions list from 2005-2006

Threads, Group Show
Continental Art Gallery, Dallas Texas
Friday July 20th, 2007

Threads offer a series of images and sculptural work which articulate relationships between groupings of people of African decent. From the exploration of form and rhythm present throughout the photography of Giraud Polite, and the deep rooted history shown in the faces of the subjects captured on camera by David Herman, together with the figurative beauty of David Newton's bronze interpretations of African American Heros and Sheros, the aesthetic works of these artists provide a dynamic mix of history through imagery and texture.


Mountainview College, Dallas Texas
Eastfield College, Dallas Texas
African American Museum in St. Martinville, Louisiana
South Dallas Culture Center, Texas

 

artist statement

Working in the areas of digital photography and multimedia arts, my projects explore themes such as race, cultural ritual, memory, and social justice. Photographically my current work explores the photograph as a sacred and reproducible object. Presented as relic or artifact and departing from the conventional photograph on paper, I choose to use industrial materials, such as aluminum, wood, and plastic, in an attempt to create permanence within the story of the image, in a sense to fix the image by adding weight and mass, to affirm the existence of the photograph as a sculptural object. Meanwhile, I also underscore the visual and tactile qualities, to illuminate the reverence I have for its physical nature.  Through my binding of the transitory memory of the event with the enduring nature of the physical materials and ancient symbols, I believe that my images will engender the essence of a true narrative.

bio

As an Artist/Professor Giraud Polite has more than 20 years of visual communications experience and has spent the past ten years visually documenting and researching a variety of ethnic groups on five different continents. Giraud is currently a member of the Society of Photographic Educators and the Urban Creative Network where he attends conferences and participates in panel discusses about current photographic and design shifts and trends. Splitting his time between exhibiting and speaking about his artwork through community events Giraud serves as member, mentor, and advisor to programs such as Upward Bound, The Man Up Group, Making Connections, and the Brookhaven College Film Club. As a Louisiana/Texas artist, Giraud has exhibited works extending from digital photography to multimedia arts in a variety of museums, cultural centers, and educational institutions across both states. Most recently, Giraud was selected as an artist consultant and featured artist for the New Orleans Louisiana Climate Justice March, where he was commissioned to create five works of art designated to serve as advocates for Climate Change.

In the early 1990s, Giraud became an independent promotions specialist for Perspective and Penalty record companies, where he developed guerrilla-style marketing strategies for recording artists and established an interest in community engagement through controlled focus groups and outreach. Soon after he interned at Warner Brothers Television, where he co-produced several segments for the community affairs TV show Close Up, which further allowed him to connect with the public and eventually paved the way for him to serve the community through art education. Giraud began his college teaching career at Brookhaven College in the spring of 2001; he currently serves as Visual Communications program chair and faculty member teaching interactive media, graphic design and cultural studies courses. The foundation of his teaching philosophy focuses on student engagement through civic actives and service learning. A DCCCD community college graduate, Giraud earned an associate degree from North Lake College. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Management from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in the Arts and Humanities program at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has completed extensive research in expanded cinema, music and social welfare and documentary photography. Giraud is currently working on an interdisciplinary dissertation, which examines the process and implications of documenting and exhibiting a musical soundscape from an insider’s perspective.

research

My research examines the process and implications of documenting and exhibiting a musical soundscape from an insider’s perspective. Utilizing the culture of south Louisiana as an anchor, my research centers on the history of the area’s cultural makeup and its’ connection to this soundscape. My creative work consists of an immersive installation combining music and other auditory elements to convey the essence of the keynote sounds related to indigenous culture. The project conveys Zydeco’s contribution to the soundscape by exploring the messages between the photographic image and sound, while the scholarly essay interrogates the photographer’s privilege and civil contract within a cultural, historical, and artistic framework. Ekphrasis, an exercise in using one medium of art to illuminate another, is used as a rhetorical device, which allows for a deeper understanding of the essence and form of the art, and serves as the connection between the mediums of sound and photography within the context of an exhibition space. Specifically, I present significant sounds and songs to accompany a variety photographs allowing the viewer to experience an aural-visual representation of the south Louisiana soundscape.

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