Jammie Holmes is a self-taught artist from Thibodaux, Louisiana, whose work tells the story of contemporary life for many Black families in the Deep South. Through portraiture and tableaux, Holmes depicts stories of the celebrations. Published on the occasion of Holmes’s Pieces of a Man solo exhibition at Library Street Collective is the artist’s first monograph. The publication chronicles Holmes’s work from 2019 through 2021, a pivotal span of time in which the artist rose to prominence after initiating a public aerial demonstration that extended across five cities on May 30th, 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police. Airplanes with banners presenting Floyd’s final words connected these places across the United States to support Minneapolis in a national protest against police brutality within the African American community. Included in the monograph is a letter written by Holmes’s cousin Christopher Holmes, as well as an essay written by Jauna Williams, Associate Curator of African American art at the Detroit Institute of Art.
Jammie Holmes’s monograph is complete with 208 color pages, a hard linen cover and hand-finished screenprinted edges.