On this special edition of Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) had the opportunity to dialogue with photographer, Jeanne Moutousammy-Ashe about Daufuskie Island and continuing the Gullah/Geechee cultural legacy.
Throughout her career, Moutoussamy-Ashe has had frequent group and solo exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world. Her photographs have been featured in numerous national publications.
Outside of the field of photography, Moutoussamy-Ashe has been actively engaged in philanthropic efforts involving social, health, and community-based issues. As an activist and civic leader, she has served as the director of the Arthur Ashe Endowment for the Defeat of AIDS, a former trustee of her alma mater, The Cooper Union, and a one-time Alternate Representative of the United States to the United Nations, a presidential appointment.
Her photographs contain strong narrative and documentary elements. Moutoussamy-Ashe has displayed a proclivity towards African and African American art. This is evident in the three full collections documenting her travels in West Africa and in her book about the Gullah/Geechee community of Daufuskie Island in the South Carolina region of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. Zooming in on Sustainability will highlight a new initiative around the book, Daufuskie Island: A Photographic Essay. Tune een fa yeddi bout disya and how hunnuh kin support de Daufuskie Island Gullah Scholarship (DIGS) http://southerndocumentaryfund.org/projects/daufuskie-island-project/ .