A new exhibit examining the theme of historical erasure, particularly its effects on African American communities in America, will open at the Rosa Parks Museum on Thursday.
The exhibit, “Erace,” features the art of Takeisha Jefferson, a Michigan native who was first introduced to photography when she received her first camera at age 9. As a self-taught artist, she developed a true love with photography, and after serving as a military journalist in the Air Force, she became a portrait photographer.
After 15 years of work, Jefferson decided to pursue her Fine Arts degree, enrolling at Auburn University Montgomery and studying with Professor and Photographer Will Fenn. During her time at AUM, she gained a new love for photography through her art history courses.
Her mixed media techniques are heavily influenced by tin type, wet plate and daguerreotype photography, which were some of the earliest forms of photography.
She is a member of My Sisters and Me Women of Color Photographers, Women of Color Unite, the Women’s Caucus for Art, the Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club, the Montgomery Art Guild, the Durham Art Guild and the Dayton Society of Artists.
In “Erace,” Jefferson examines the ongoing struggle faced by Black Americans, from the legacy of slavery to contemporary challenges. The exhibit invites viewers to confront the consequences of silenced narratives, encouraging deep reflection on the broader theme of historical memory and its implications for justice and equality.
“Erace” is available for viewing in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall through April 20, and can be viewed free of charge during regular business hours.