Jacob Sutton: NATURAL

NATURAL is a multimedia exploration of Black identity, beauty standards, and the objectification of Black bodies in society. Through documentary filmmaking, photography, and graphic text, Sutton challenges stereotypes, celebrating strength and individuality within the Black community.

Jacob Sutton

As a Black filmmaker and photographer, I am aware of the power of imagery and the importance of representation. For too long, the Black experience has been misrepresented and caricatured in art, perpetuating harmful stereotypes, and limiting our collective understanding of the richness and diversity of Black culture. I am committed to capturing the full range of human emotion and expression in my work, exploring the complexities of the Black experience, and celebrating the beauty and resilience within our community. For me, visual storytelling is not just a means of artistic expression, but a powerful tool for social change.

In my art, I experiment with various forms of expression including portraiture, documentary interviews, dance/movement, photography, archival footage, spoken word poetry, music, and fashion. These mediums allow me to immerse the audience in a multisensory experience that evokes a deeper connection to the stories being told.

Friday, November 17th, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
HAUS 623 S. Wabash First Floor
Artist Talk and Cast Panel Discussion with Jacob Sutton and the cast of Natural (Kelso Antoine, Shiloh Tumo Washington, Victoria Grace, Taylor Wren, and Vincent Brown). 

DEPS is proud to present the DEPS Artist Profile Series featuring Jacob Sutton. The DEPS Artist Profile Series is managed by DEPS Exhibitions Assistant Gallery Coordinator Ziccy Delamarter. Graphic design is managed by DEPS Exhibitions Social Media Assistant Coordinator Rachel Manlubatan. To view this interactive document featuring an artist interview click on the image below


Jacob Sutton is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, photography, and installation art. Originally from Los Angeles, he is currently pursuing a BA in Film & Television at Columbia College Chicago. His diverse portfolio includes narrative, documentary, experimental, dance, and fashion/editorial films, as well as live performance videography. Jacob is also actively involved in the exhibition and gallery scene, seeking to connect his passion for visual storytelling with the physical world. Central to Jacob's artistic vision is a mission - to illuminate the depth, richness, and complexities of the Black experience. Through his work, he endeavors to unravel the stories often untold, celebrating the beauty and resilience within the community.

C33 Gallery—Columbia College Chicago
33 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., First Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Exhibition Contact: Mark Porter / mporter@colum.edu / 312-369-6643