The Bureau


An interdisciplinary art and archival research studio built on our shared desire for the liberation of all oppressed people. We envision, create, and curate visual narratives to weave the thread of our collective histories.
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MISSION —


The Bureau is an interdisciplinary art and archival research studio based and informed by our shared desires for the liberation of all oppressed people. We envision, create, and curate visual narratives to connect the thread that weaves our collective histories.

Art, as with love, provides one of the few avenues in which the imagination can be completely unbound. It is a process of labor; it is labor that is emotional, physical and intellectual. As such, in an era of injustice and maleficence, it must remain a totem of verity; one that demands an exercise of imagination and that envisions a future in which the principles of righteousness, morality, and the sanctity of human potential reign central.


We are a study of virtue
amidst collective precarity.
We are the everlasting imagination,
in beauty and in marvel.




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CONTACT & PRESS

For all inquiries including press, lectures, work and collaborations, please contact info@the-bureau.co.

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HOW DID WE START?

The Bureau was started in Minneapolis in the wake of local and international uprisings sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The team coalesced to produce work that reflects the contemporary political, cultural and social needs of young, Black protesters demanding freedom. This work culminated in the launching of the Bureau’s first project titled, “First Responders” capturing fiercely spirited portraits of the Minneapolis’ Black youth who sparked the largest uprising in U.S. history.


WHO IS ON OUR TEAM?

Our all-Black team includes interdisciplinary artists, teachers, producers, editors, lawyers and poets.


HOW ARE WE FUNDED?

We receive our funding from grants, donations, and academic partnerships. We receive income from commissioned work, exhibits, and selling merchandise. Income generated from commissioned work or otherwise supports long-term art production, archival access and research. Clients funding our work or corporate commissioned pieces maintain no influence over the research and scope of the work.


HOW DO WE CHOSE OUR WORK?

In deciding our clients, subject matter or research, we consider first and foremost intellectual honesty and rigor. We are primarily concerned with artistic explorations that allow for generative and rigorous engagement and the advancement of notions that support liberation and freedom of vulnerable communities.

Finally, we are interested in offering work that develops new modes of engagement and artistic production.

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