The Wonder of You: Photos & Words by Black Girls & Women
Jamaica Gilmer, founder and executive director, The Beautiful Project:
"The Beautiful Project (TBP) is a collective of image makers using photography, writing and care to create spaces for Black women and girls to confront the mass misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and misuse of their likeness in the media and the world at large.
This exhibition was curated as a surprise and affirmation for the girls participating in our 2018 Black Girl Image Maker Workshop at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) in April 2018. Eleven stunning photographers answered our call, sharing images of Black girls and women they adore. Together, we created a space where girls could see reflections of themselves in both the beloved people in the images and the girls and women behind the lens. This exhibition was curated with love by myself and Khayla Deans, TBP multimedia strategist, with tremendous and laughter-filled support from CDS exhibitions director Courtney Reid-Eaton and 2017-18 CDS exhibitions intern Ambria McNeill.
Featuring work by: Kennedi Carter, Trécii P. Cheeseboro, Morgan Crutchfield, Dawn Michelle Downey, Cathy Foreman, Danielle Nolen, Jacqueline Perry, Courtney Reid-Eaton, Amber Carroll Santibanez, Amaya Sam, Dr. Deborah Willis
Special thanks to the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, A Long Walk Home, Inc., the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Junior Scholars Program, the Southern Documentary Fund, NoVo Foundation, and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. To learn more about TBP visit: thebeautifulproject.org."
Image: IonaPearl throwing, Eno River. Photograph by Courtney Reid-Eaton included in The Wonder of You.