Award Winning Photographer Ed West

Award Winning Photographer Ed West

GalleryDAAS presents So Called, a photography series by award-winning artist and U-M professor Edward West. So Called is a transnational project about multi-ethnic identities in three locations: Honolulu, Hawaii, Havana, Cuba and Cape Town, South Africa. The series includes photographic portraits of individuals drawn from these communities and focuses on the issue of race, specifically the mixing of races and its social complexities. While the mixing of races has long been a consequence of diasporic/nomadic history, we have only recently found a place in our cultural imaginary for a fuller representation of these collective and individual identities and destinies.  The introduction of a mixed race category on the U.S. census, literary and filmic treatments of racialized lives, the emergence of postcolonial studies, all suggest an expanded space for the reception of ideas and issues concerning creolization.

A practicing artist for more than 30 years, Edward West's creative work includes photography, collage, and installation. His exhibitions include installations at the Smithsonian Institution, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rose Art Museum in Boston, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Corcoran Gallery of American Art, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Gallery Hours: Tues. & Thurs. - 1:30 to 5 PM; Fri. - 11 to 5 PM
By Appointment: V. Robin Grice,


Our Gallery

GalleryDAAS supports the mission of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) by exhibiting emerging and established artists from throughout the African Diaspora. Working with artists, curators and art historians as well as DAAS/U-M faculty, the gallery is a catalyst for acknowledging the work of original art by artists of Africa and its diaspora, not only through our exhibitions, but by hosting artist residencies and visits, and encouraging unique teaching opportunities for both DAAS and the broader U-M community.

GallerDAAS is administered by the DAAS Exhibitions Committee and typically has two to three exhibitions during the regular school year (Fall/Winter). For more information, please contact V. Robin Grice at