The Women of a New Tribe presents the spiritual and physical beauty of selected African American women in the Flint community. Part of a larger project that has travelled across the United States, including Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, and North Carolina, this exhibition contains photographic portraits by artist Jerry Taliaferro. The subjects come from all walks and stages of life: they are mothers, daughters, artists, professionals, and community activists. According to Taliaferro, his primary motivation in this project is “to reveal the beauty and souls of black women.” He explains that the heart is as essential as the eye in seeing beauty. Taliaferro believes that “it is with our hearts that we see the invisible qualities. It is with our hearts that we see courage, compassion, love, and sacrifice.”
For this exhibition, the Flint Institute of Arts asked the community for nominations in January 2016 during its annual Community Gala. 110 women were nominated and 50 participants were drawn from that pool at the 2016 Community Dialogue event. In the summer of 2016, Taliaferro traveled to Flint to photograph each woman and learn her story. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition.
Jerry Taliaferro was born in the small southern town of Brownsville, Tennessee. After graduating high school in May 1972, he joined the Army. His real interest in photography began in 1981 when he was posted to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for Special Forces training. While serving in Germany, his fascination with photography continued to grow and, in 1985, he was published for the first time when a Munich magazine purchased the rights to one of his images.
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Saturday 1.21.17 6p–9:30p
The Flint Institute of Arts celebrates the opening of Women of a New Tribe with the 10th Annual Community Gala. The gala features a conversation with artist Jerry Taliaferro, during which he will discuss the origins of his project and his experience photographing the women of Flint. Following the discussion, view the exhibition, enjoy a reception with live music, strolling supper, and a cash bar.