The artist Zoe Leonard and film-maker Cheryl Dunye collaborated to produce a project about a fictional American-African movie star called Fae Richards of the early 20th century and create an album of photographs charting her life and history from childhood at the turn of the 20th century through her glamorous carrier as a Hollywood movie star to her involvement with the civil-rights movement of the 50’s in to her old age.
The purpose was to question the truth of achievement and how history is recorded. To ask, who gets included in written histories and why? Who is left out and why? Who is in control of the information?
This is a cleaver project and required actors, carefully chosen costumes props and locations as well as authentic looking photography.