Jeremiah Ariaz



Jeremiah Ariaz received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. With Louisiana Trail Riders, Ariaz has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and a 2018 State Fellowship from South Arts. The photographs are being exhibited at venues nationally, beginning with the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in Durham, North Carolina, earlier this year.  

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12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Book Talk
Louisiana Trail Riders

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Louisiana Trail Riders

In 2014 while riding my motorcycle in rural Louisiana, I encountered a large group of people riding horseback. They commanded the road, and I pulled over for them to pass. I retrieved my camera from the saddlebag of my bike and took a few photographs as they rode by. A gentleman near the end of the procession waved, encouraging me to join. So began my ride as witness to the trail-riding clubs. - Jeremiah Ariaz African American Trail Riding Clubs have their roots in the Creole culture formed in South Louisiana in the eighteenth century. Today trail rides are an opportunity for generations of people to gather, celebrate, and ride horseback. The riders form a distinctive yet little-known sub-culture in Southwest Louisiana. In addition to sharing an important aspect of Louisiana s cultural heritage, Ariaz s photographs assert a counter-narrative to historic representations of the cowboy and prevailing images of difference and despair in Black America.


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