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Gardarev Residency

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

I recently was awarded a residency with The Gardarev Center.


I am working on a literary portrait, called "Two Brownsvilles." My mother and father are from two different parts of Birmingham, Alabama--both are called Brownsville.


The project is about place-making and community and it is informed by my family archive of photographs and stories. Click here to learn a bit about my project, "Two Brownsvilles."


Great-grandmother and I

L to R: Sylvea Hollis and Willa Hattie (Bryant) Gibson

Photo Credit: Tennie Lou Hollis

Mother's Day 82' with my great-great grandmother, grandmother, and cousins

L to R: Emma Mae Smith Guest, Sylvea Hollis, Brandon Williams, Emma Mae Hayes, and Edward Williams.

Photo Credit: Mary Ann Guest Hollis

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