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Black and white photo by Leta Harrison

Black Girls Don't Wear Red Lipstick

Leta Harrison

Thursday, February 15, 2024 - Sunday, April 21, 2024 Central Library - 710 W. César Chávez St.
Gallery (2nd Floor)

About the Exhibit


Exhibition Reception: February 15, 2024, 6pm-9pm. Meet the artist and curators and hear inspired music by DJ Lauren Light.

Black History Month Celebration @ Central Library: February 24, 2024, 1pm-3pm. Join us in the Gallery for an inspiring spoken word event, featuring Christa Brown and Tonee Shelton, as part of the Black Girls Don't Wear Red Lipstick photography exhibition. Delve into a thought-provoking writing workshop where you can pen your personal experiences, connecting them to the themes of empowerment and beauty activism highlighted in the exhibit. Conclude the afternoon by sharing your stories in a supportive environment, celebrating self-expression and the power of breaking stereotypes. 

Exhibition Description: Step into a world of audacious beauty and empowerment with the photo exhibition, Black Girls Don't Wear Red Lipstick, created by the visionary photographer, Leta Harrison, curated by Keyheira Keys and Whitney Hamilton, _OFCOLORATX.

Through images of Black women embracing vibrant colors and confidently wearing shades of red lipstick, Leta's bold photographic prints showcase women using beauty as a form of activism to reclaim their power, challenge oppressive beauty standards, and stifle stereotypes. Leta’s powerful images celebrate each woman’s uniqueness, fostering self-love, promoting positive change, and illustrating Black women breaking free from the shackles of conformity. 

About the Artist

Leta Harrison is a local Austin photographer with an unwavering passion for capturing the essence of her subjects and telling their powerful stories through her lens. Drawing inspiration from Texas musician, Kam Franklin's artist talk, in which she bravely shared her personal experiences of facing pressure to be more modest and being judged for her expressive style, often considered "too much", Kam's poignant recollection of the phrase, "Black girls don't wear red lipstick," struck a chord with Leta, inspiring her to further uplift the women that she photographs and to create this exhibition.

Image credit

Leta Harrison