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SOIL, New work by Justin Hardiman

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Curated by Adrienne Domnick

June 6 —August 16, 2024 at Traveler’s Hotel, Clarksdale, MS 

Photographer Justin Hardiman’s newest work of photos, ‘SOIL' delves into the narratives of a community deeply intertwined with the land they cultivate.

Through this exhibition, Hardiman pays homage to the resilience, strength, and enduring spirit of Black farmers who have shaped the agricultural landscape of the Mississippi Delta. 

From calloused hands that tend to the soil with reverence, ‘SOIL' bears witness to the profound connection between land and identity. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of Black farmers whose labor sustains not only their communities, but also the very fabric of Mississippi. 

Pastor and Farmer, Bennie Brown with But God Ministries

As an artist, Hardiman stands in solidarity with Black farmers, amplifying their voices and honoring their contributions. ‘SOIL' is more than an exhibition; it is a call to action, urging us to recognize, respect, and support the guardians of our agricultural heritage of Mississippi.

Mr. Frank with Delta Grows Project

Curatorial Statement

‘SOIL' explores the overlooked narratives of Black farmers. Embedded within the fertile soil of North Mississippi lies a rich history of stories that are often overshadowed. Hardiman pays tribute to their contributions, through photographs that depict not only the physical landscapes of Black farming but also the complexities of identity, heritage, and resilience. The photographs serve as a portal, offering glimpses into daily life on the farm, the challenges faced, and the unwavering commitment to preserving legacy and community. As curator, my goal is to create a space where these stories can be honored, celebrated, and inspire a greater appreciation for the perseverance of Black farmers.

Adrienne Domnick, Curator

Adrienne Domnick, a Mississippi artist and curator, celebrates black culture and community through her work. Her creative path weaves narratives that honor the resilience and creativity of Black heroes, aiming to inspire and deepen society’s understanding of their impact. As a curator, Domnick focuses on community bonds, the collective voice, and cultural heritage in her exhibitions. Through her work, she sheds light on untold stories, amplifies the voiceless, and encourages viewers to envision a more inclusive future. 

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Justin Hardiman, Artist

Justin Hardiman, a self-taught freelance photographer and visual artist from Jackson, Mississippi, explores a unique, minimalist, and documentary-like style that is deeply influenced by Mississippi. Justin’s goal is to reflect the potential of his environment, bringing attention to the often overlooked aspects of his community and exemplifying the concept of achieving more with less. His creative perspective has been exhibited globally, with Mississippi serving as his inspiration. 

Justin is on a mission to immortalize the people he photographs. In his own words, “As photographers, we bear the responsibility of preserving the stories of our families, cultures, and communities. Often, our narratives are told by individuals who don’t share our experiences. Frustrated by this misrepresentation, I’ve chosen to alter the narrative through my lens. Photography isn’t just a visual art; it’s my way of time-traveling, storytelling, and celebrating the Black experience in the South. These images are the love letters I could never express in words.”

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This exhibition is in collaboration with Rootswell, a creative, community food system working to shift the paradigm of food apartheid.

Rootswell aims to shine a light on the work already being done, as well as source funding and other resources for small farms and businesses. They're helping locally-grown produce find its way into local kitchens, onto families’ tables, and demonstrating a healthier way to live fully and joyfully in the Delta.

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