Chississippi Mixtape: Daughters of the Delta

Ayesha Jaco

Daughters of the Delta is a conversation with Photographer Nicole Harrison and Rebuild 2019 Dance Fellow Ayesha Jaco. Both artists will share how their families migration from Mississippi to the West Side of Chicago has influenced their current artistic practices. Attendees will be invited to bring vintage family photos and will have the opportunity to recreate them.

The conversation will be followed the screening of 2 of short documentaries chronicling the life of southern activists Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker.

Fannie Lou Hamer-Stand Up (PBS)
Ella Baker-A legacy of Grassroots Leadership

About Nicole Harrison: Nicole Harrison uses photography to honor family bonds and heritage through the great migratory experience of African Americans moving to Chicago. Nicole honors this legacy by using portraiture as a way to build upon one’s family tree and to document their existence through imagery and narratives. Nicole’s Legacy series reflects on her maternal grandmother’s story and experience migrating from Jonestown, Mississippi to Chicago’s West Side. She interviewed then photographed her relatives as a process towards gaining a deeper understanding of her family’s narrative. Harrison believes in the importance of Chicagoans mapping their family’s history.

About Ayesha Jaco: Ayesha is a Senior Director, Choreographer and Philanthropist.. She has taught African, Modern Jazz and Hip-hop dance to over 1000 Chicago youth. She is the founder of Move Me Soul Youth Dance Company, M.U.R.A.L. (formerly the Lupe Fiasco Foundation. She studied with Homer Bryant, Nicole Stuart (Gallery 37 in the Parks), Diane Holda, Najwa Dance Corps and the Illinois State Dance Theater. She is a 2018 Chicago DanceMakers Forum Lab Artist, a 2019 Rebuild Foundation Dancer in Residence, and will premiere a new work The Chississippi Mixtape in the summer.