Ireashia Monét is a Chicago-based photographer, multimedia artist, and emerging filmmaker. In their work, Monét uses the camera as a weapon against erasure, silence, and the invisibility of marginalized communities and stories. Join us on April 13 for the opening night of “The Pearls My Mother Gave Me,” Monét’s ongoing exploration of intergenerational trauma, the residual effects of abuse in the lives of the women in their family, and their personal fight toward radical healing and self-love. At 6:30 we’ll screen Grandma’s Wisdom (2016) and The Pearls You Gave Me (2018). Afterward, Monét will hold a public conversation with their grandmother on the series. For the first time, Gwendolyn Bennett (Monét’s grandmother) will speak on her experience working on Grandma’s Wisdom and how it has changed how she sees herself as an older black woman, as well as the impact of feeling heard and understood.