Grandma's Wisdom (2016)

Grandma's Wisdom offers a snapshot into the life of Gwendolyn Bennett, my maternal grandmother, as she realizes her life's aspiration. At 69-years old, Ms. Bennett is still fiery and determind to become a prolific herbalist. Set in Trenton, SC, the birthplace of my great-great grandmother Henrietta Anderson--and the only motherland I know--Grandma's Wisdom highlights the multiplicity of black life.

Grandma's Wisdom is a visual documentation of the healing properties of the rural south and the process of understanding my maternal family history. The result is a raw and honest body of work that simultaneously celebrates and examines the complexity of motherhood, black femininity, and an intrinsic fight toward liberation.

Ireashia Monét