Curator, Artist, and Founder of AFROTOPIA
Ingrid LaFleur is a cultural producer, arts advocate, and founder of AFROTOPIA. Based in Detroit, AFROTOPIA is an evolving creative research project that investigates the possibilities of using the arts movement Afrofuturism as psychosocial healing. AFROTOPIA includes a film series, classes for youth, monthly book club, a Dj-in-residence program, a performance art festival and an Afrofuturism Archive.
Known for her expertise on Afrofuturism, LaFleur frequently presents her work. She has spoken at Centre Pompidou, Bucknell University, TEDxDetroit, Art Institute of Chicago, Black Portraiture[s] Conference in Johannesburg, and more. Within her artistic practice, using sculpture, sound, site-specific installation and performance, LaFleur further unpacks ideas around trauma, which have arisen as a result of audience engagement through AFROTOPIA. She has exhibited in the Something Else Off Biennial in Cairo, Egypt; Iwalewahaus at the University of Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Germany; Cranbrook Art Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation, among others.
As a dedicated arts advocate, LaFleur is a founding member of the advocacy group Detroit Culture Council (DCC), serves as board chair of Power House Productions, board member of the Cooley Reuse Project and advisory board member of Culture Lab Detroit. In 2017, LaFleur announced her candidacy for mayor of Detroit. LaFleur is based in Detroit, Michigan.