Femmes Féroces: Material Life x Femmes Noires

Posted by Carla on 6th Nov 2019

Femmes Féroces: Material Life x Femmes Noires, highlights and celebrates the creativity, originality, and substance of our community of femmes noires--who, borrowing from the 100 Black Females Project, we define as “...all who express and identify themselves as a woman, girl, femme, female, trans, queen on any day or all days.” (QTPOC)

Through an immersive installation designed to welcome and empower all visitors, Femmes Féroces will honor a group of pioneering women in film, fashion, music, performance, and activism who inspire us with their fierce beauty and tenacious fearlessness in forging remarkable careers and enduring legacies.These include:

  • Jackie “Moms” Mabley (1894-1975, Brevard, NC)
  • Jackie Shane (1940-2019, Nashville, TN; active Canada)
  • Sir Lady Java (b. 1943, New Orleans, LA; first trans woman defended by ACLU)
  • LaWanda Page
  • Josephine Baker
  • Grace Jones
  • Tracey Africa Norman (b. 1952, Newark, NJ)
  • Potassa de la Fayette (b. 1950s? - unknown)
  • Ajita Wilson (1950-1987, Brooklyn, NY; JET magazine’s first trans Beauty of the Week)
  • Marsha P. Johnson (1945-1992, Elizabeth, NJ)
  • Stormé DeLarverie (1920-2014, New Orleans, LA)
  • Katey Red (New Orleans, b. 1983)
  • Alberta Hunter
  • Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (b. 1940)

We dedicate our installation to all of the Black trans women who have been lynched in the ongoing holocaust.

Realized in collaboration with Mickalene Thomas through a creative partnership between Carla Williams, founder and owner of local retail concept shop Material Life, and New Orleans-based artist Lee Laa Ray Guillory, Femmes Féroces celebrates black women creatives in every aspect.