In Laila Annmarie Stevens’s photo series, Clayton Sisterhood Project, she explores the continuing legacy built by her sisters and nieces, originally from South Jamaica, Queens, New York who moved to Clayton, North Carolina together. Inspired by the historical branches of trees on southern terrain and longing for ancestral remembrance through the traditional family album, Stevens utilizes the 1960s Black Power Movement principle of Self-Determination to preserve and document intergenerational Black Women across both states. Concentrating on intimate moments, the protagonists within this project allow us to enter the stories of their lives and their relationships with their families. North Carolina-based Black Feminist Poet Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs states “We knew we had to love the women we were and the women of our lineages, our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, the women we never got to hold, the people coming after us and ourselves and the bridge and an invitation to all of it.” Crossing the boundaries of documentary through a conceptual approach, this visual preservation of love in its varying forms seeks to ensure that the nature of our existence will prosper in the Black archive.

Artist Bios

  • Laila Annmarie Stevens

    Laila Annmarie Stevens

    Laila Annmarie Stevens (b. 2001) is a Black Queer Photographer and Visual Artist from Queens, NY. She received her BFA in Photography and Related Media at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Their portraiture is informed by their passion for honoring marginalized youth voices and embracing the fullness of Black life through the creation of a digital safe space. Their work could be described as a raw and intimate perspective. Through her early work in youth organizations, she’s incorporated image-making to envision a world of inclusion and power.

    Photo by Olivia Rae Harris


  • Queens Museum

    Queens Museum

    The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting high quality arts and educational programming for the people of New York, and particularly the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural, and international community. The Museum’s work honors the history of our site and the diversity of our communities through a wide ranging and integrated program of exhibitions, educational initiatives, and public events.

  • Photoville


    Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.

    In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.

    By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.

    Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.

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Clayton Sisterhood Project

 archive : 2023

Featuring: Laila Annmarie Stevens

Presented by: Queens Museum & Photoville
  • Queens Museum
  • Photoville

Supported by:

  • NYC Parks


View Location Details Roy Wilkins Park

Exhibition located at the entrance near Merrick Blvd. and Foch Blvd.

Number 82 on the official photoville map Click to download this year's map

Related Events

Jun 192023

Juneteenth Photo Walk with Laila Annmarie Stevens

In honor of Juneteenth, we held a special walkthrough of the Clayton Sisterhood Project exhibition in Roy Wilkins Park led by artist Laila Annmarie Stevens in conversation with photographer, Elias Williams.

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