Gerri L. Gibson

Biography: 

Gerri Gibson has a BA in Photography from Columbia College. She was employed as a medical photographer for fifteen years. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and her photographs have been published in over seventy-five publications. She also has been awarded numerous arts grants. In March of 1998, Gibson organized the film screening and lecture presentation Comrade Sister: Voices of Women in the Black Panther Party with and for the Chicago Historical Society and Black Women in the Media Arts. Every February since it debuted in 1999, she and her photography program for youth have been segmented in the documentary Heading West – An African-American History of Chicago’s West Side, which airs on PBS. Since 1993, she has been conducting photography programs for not-for-profit organizations throughout Chicago.

Artistic Statement: 

I am an African American woman who creates photographic images that document my life and culture. My black life started in the womb and therefore comes before sex, religion, or profession. I am involved in making visual social statements that explore the concept of cultural identity and cultural nationalism. My work promotes a black aesthetic that celebrates blackness. My aim is to make an invisible people, their issues, and their culture visible. My imagery is also connected to a never-ending search for what is true in life. This truth frees my mind and liberates my thinking. I am constantly in a process of self-discovery and self-acceptance, hoping to distinguish myself as a black woman/artist and not a woman/artist black.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist