Written by: Julie Thieman, Marketing Intern
Ingrid Damiani is a contributing artist for LIFT: Contemporary Expressions of the African American Experience which presents a modern response to Jacksonville’s African American Heritage, while using the lyrics to James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as inspiration.
Damiani is a local photographer who strives to capture everyday moments that depict the uniqueness and special gifts of life. She began taking pictures at the age of fourteen and has since used her experiences as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, and photographer to help shape and bring a deeper meaning to her work.
Through her research of James Weldon Johnson, Damiani found herself longing for the way he described Jacksonville in his autobiography: “a tolerant, vibrant place where opportunity was abundant and neighbors, black, white, immigrant, and natural born, all lived, worked, and played together.” Her photographs for LIFT depict James Weldon Johnson in his multiple roles – an educator, activist, artist, and diplomat – and connect them with individuals in the community who are linked to the historic LaVilla building, which she chose as her setting. Ingrid Damiani’s photos explore the preservation or destruction of history and how that relates to shaping us as citizens.
To learn more about Ingrid Damiani visit her website.