director, artist, storyteller
SESSION: Tuesday, October 20, 12:30
Manifestations of White Supremacy in Design
Hear from a diverse panel of Black creatives on their experiences working in Oregon’s white-dominated design industry.
With: Danielle McCoy (Designer at Wieden + Kennedy) and Justin Morris (Creative Director at Kamp Grizzly). Moderated by Jason Graham / MOsley WOtta.
ABOUT JUSTIN MORRIS:
Justin Morris is a director, artist and storyteller working across a variety of mediums to find a semblance of truth in our everyday. Working as a creative director at Portland based agency, Kamp Grizzly, Justin collaborates alongside a diverse group of creatives to bring culturally informed solutions to such clients as Netflix, Apple, HBO and Adidas. Also under the KG umbrella Justin leads the charge on the subterranean publication Cult Classic Magazine, an ongoing literary experiment serving as a platform to preserve, promote and support timeless underground creatives who make up the undercurrent of culture. The four issues to date read as technicolor lesson plans that give artists and thinkers across the country a space to share their unadulterated perspectives.
In his personal endeavors, Justin blends sculpture and video to interrogate the intangible and inexplicable aspects of reality, often manifested in the form of short films and music videos. The 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival selection Duppy, directed by Morris is a coming of age tale following a young black teen (Jared Morris) grappling with forces that plague his survival. Music videos directed for friends Toro y Moi and Jelani Aryeh also work as thesis statements to later be explored further in a mashup of personal and public projects.
Justin is a graduate of Tyler School of Art at Temple University with a degree in Design. He subsequently moved to Portland Oregon where he currently resides.