'the beautiful': The Stories She Tell

As she removed the fabric from her head her identity was altered provoking questions of identity and culture. Throughout time women’s identities have been examined, as a whole, and within individual cultures. Hair is an identifier of ethnicity and a DNA trait that has evolved over time. The ‘natural look’ was once seen negatively but has developed to signify ‘empowerment’ and ‘pride’. By unraveling the scarf, the woman reveals her hair as the internal thoughts about black self-image are projected through spoken word.

  • Maeve Jackson
  • Destinny Fletcher
  • Maeve Jackson
  • Nadirah Dotson
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    May 5, 2017
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    United States
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Director Biography - Maeve Jackson

Maeve Jackson was born and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Jackson attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she received a BFA in Studio Art in 2014.

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Director Statement

As an emerging artist, Maeve Jackson is resistant to being associated with any single medium though she prefers working with the platform of video. Her recent works investigate the cultural codes that have been placed on females through out time. Over all, her work examines critical social issues through projects that pull from current & past media to tell stories, examine public opinion, and foster open exchange. Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibition in Milwaukee, as well as Brooklyn, NY; Greensboro College, NC; Chicago,IL, and Barcelona, Spain. She has been featured in exhibitions at John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI) and Dean Jensen Gallery with an upcoming solo exhibition at The Alice Wilds Gallery. She has screened her films at the Milwaukee Film Festival and the Barcelona Short Film Festival. She recently attended an artist-in-residence program at Hotel Pupik in Austria and now making the steps towards her next residency experience. Currently, Maeve is working as freelance videographer & photographer and co-runs the local artist initiative.