“Taken together, Moutoussamy-Ashe’s body of work presents what is hidden in plain view all around us and could all too easily drift out of sight.” —Sarah E. Lewis in “Ut Pictura Poesis: The Photographic Anthology of Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe”
An Anthology: Faces, Places and Spaces was published in 2011 to accompany the exhibit of Anthology: The Photography of Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe at the Harvey Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture in Charlotte, NC. The collection features 65 images by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, spanning from 1973 to 2011, that were on display in the exhibition. It was the first exhibition that included color photographs by Moutoussamy-Ashe in many years.
The catalogue features an original essay “Ut Pictura Poesis: The Photographic Anthology of Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe” by scholar Sarah Elizabeth Lewis and an introductory statement by Michael D. Harris, who curated the exhibition.
“A good photograph challenges you how to see without preconception or manipulation but instead to use your instinct when releasing the shutter.” —Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe in the Artist’s Statement.
As Harris states in the introduction, “Here, we are able to view the creative life of Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe through several visual essays looking at Faces, Places, and Spaces. Through her lens, using black and white, as well as color photographs, Moutoussamy-Ashe connects images to each other across time and geography in each section of the anthology. This is an autobiographical journey—a visual self-portrait.
Anthology: The Photography of Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, exclusive to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture, offers viewers insight into the range of Ms. Ashe’s interests and observations as an artist. We see imagery from the African, Asian and American continents; images dated from the 1980s to as recently as March 2011. We observe musings about herself and the people she has encountered. This is not a retrospective; however, it does span most of her artistic professional life. The range of subjects reflects the curious active mind of the artist behind the lens.”