Curator Statement


During the ten years since moving to STL as an artist, my focus has expanded to collaborating, curating and redefining roles, concentrating on photographically-based work. My responsibility as Dark Room curator continues a legacy; the independent showcase of new photographic art. I’m devoted to the rigorous selection of artists from around the Saint Louis region in a building, district, and city historically steeped in free-thinking, performance, and expression.

Support of local photographers, not only getting their work archivally printed and showcased on the walls of the Dark Room but sold to help perpetuate practice and sustain STL’s remarkable image makers remains the focus. It is my goal to increase access to these printed works toward a web-based forum and establish an archive, sharing our photographic gems worldwide.

I would like to express my profound gratitude to the dedicated Dark Room BOH and FOH staff, the infectious enthusiasm of Team KAF, in addition to each and every artist, supporter, and spectator who place photography in the continuum of visual culture.

– Gina Grafos, Curator