Lady Bleu Devils
Louisiana • Annie Flanagan, Ashley Teamer
About the project
Photographer Annie Flanagan and mixed-media artist Ashley Teamer will document Dillard University’s women’s basketball team The Lady Bleu Devils. This team was founded by Ashley's grandmother Mary Dixon Teamer in the wake of Title IX (a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity). The project combines archival and contemporary images that chronicle the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence at a historically Black university. For We, Women, Annie and Ashley will install images from this project throughout New Orleans and the Deep South including but not limited to public spaces such as bus stops, billboards, and store fronts. They hope that disseminating the work on this scale will affirm Black women as essential to the New Orleans landscape.
About the Artists
Annie Flanagan is an independent photographer, filmmaker, and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their work focuses on issues surrounding gender, sexuality, identity, and trauma in the United States and has been recognized and supported by organizations including the Alexia Foundation, Burn E.P.F., POYi, New Orleans Photo Alliance, and Fotodoks. Their clients include The Washington Post, The Players’ Tribune, AARP, Mother Jones, Neon Magazine, CNN, The New York Times, and Smithsonian Magazine. Annie is currently completing their graduate thesis at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.
Ashley Teamer is an artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her multimedia artwork explores the nuances of Black femininity through painting, collage, and video. Ashley’s work has most recently been exhibited at Siena Heights University, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Echo Park Film Center. Since 2018, Ashley has worked as a mentor to young creatives at the Youth Empowerment Project’s Design Works program in New Orleans.