Talamieka Brice had a vision for a living monument to represent the future of Mississippi. As part of #JXNSTANDS (a collaboration of CAPE and OurGlass Media Group), she collaborated with model Laurie Walker-Hall, make up artist Monet Jackson, and artist and designer Laurin Stennis. Brice photographed Walker-Hall, painted gold, along with the Stennis flag (part of a movement for a more unified branding of the state), against the backdrop of Ross Barnett Reservoir. We tagged along.
"I still remember the point where I learned I was black, which meant other people learned that they were white. And I remember the look on both of our faces, the separation of what that was like when we were children, when we learned that society would not like for us to play together.
By removing the color, but she still keeps her features and everything that she is, this is one of those, the possibilities of who we can be, who Mississippi can be. We all start off with no pigment - we're just a heartbeat."
- Talamieka Brice