Marie Plakos is an artist friend. In 2016, her exhibition, Our Sister’s Keeper, opened at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.
Prior to her exhibition, Marie spent several years traveling to communities around the world photographing women in an effort to capture images (in her words) “ That depict the beauty, dignity, and strength I see in women and children who are living in some of the most underdeveloped regions in the world.” She visited Chiapas, Mexico, Gujarat, India, the Witch Camps of Ghana, West Africa, and Peru. Her photos are striking. I was taken by the gorgeous fabrics commonly worn in these settings. But also by the buoyancy on the faces in the pictures. I choose that word intentionally. The looks on the faces aren’t always happy, but they are resilient.