Crista Chapman received her B.A. in Photography from Grand Valley State University in 2007, and received her M.A. in Journalism from Indiana State University in 2009. She is currently working in New York City, New York teaching art at the Harlem Children's Zone, a project whose two main goals are to help kids in a sustained way, starting as early in their lives as possible, and to create a critical mass of adults around them who understand what it takes to help children succeed.
Artist's statement on "Untitled #2":
"In the village of Mwandi, located in the southwestern corner of Zambia, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is devastating the community. Child orphans and the homeless elderly primarily populate the village. The generation in between, the parents of the young, and the children of the old, has nearly become extinct as a result of AIDS. AIDS in Africa is not simply the look of the dying; it is also those left behind. This series of images is not merely a representation of what is happening in Mwandi, it is a confrontation. Allow yourself to be confronted by these images. Bear witness to that which remains: the orphans and elderly of Mwandi." - Crista Chapman