On Wednesday, October 14, at 10:15 AM ET, our founder and executive director Jamaica Gilmer will be speaking about the importance of Black photographers and their roles in social justice movements. Hosted by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University, this virtual panel is free and open to the public with a zoom registration. The discussion will be moderated by independent curator and art historian Anita Bateman and Jamaica will be in conversation with fellow photographers Dare Kumolu-Johnson and Jay Simple.
To learn more about the virtual panel and to register, visit here: https://fsp.duke.edu/events/practices-black-photographers/
“I chose my camera as a weapon against all things I dislike about America—poverty, racism, discrimination.”
-Gordon Parks, A Choice of Weapons
This year, the Beautiful Project joined forces with Durham native theater artist Chaunesti Webb for a week long workshop with the families of Genesis Home in Durham, NC. Exploring themes of home and beginning, we had the honor of collaborating with guest artists who provided learning spaces for our students to create ensemble building exercises, movement, writing, performance of text, and photography.
We danced with the wonder that is Aya Shabu, made crafts with the gifted entrepreneur Erica King, and used re-purposed materials to create music with the dynamic Alphonse Nicholson. We practiced the long tradition of West African drumming under the peaceful command of Teli Shabu and wrote poetry with the talent that is playwright Howard Craft. Our time culminated in a permanent exhibit in Genesis Home’s space, featuring the photographs we created together throughout the week.
Some moments were challenging, others were delightful to unexpected depths. But it never failed: each day our students took up their cameras I sat in wonder as a witness to the intensity in which they pursued and shaped their visual voice.
We stand in wonder still.