azurest

This is an experimental documentary project on Azurest South, the historic home and studio of Amaza Lee Meredith. Despite her exclusion from the architecture profession for being an African American woman, Meredith designed one of the earliest International Style buildings in Virginia, where she lived with her partner Dr. Edna Meade Colson. The work combines current and historic photographs, notes, drawings, and materials from Meredith’s archive at Virginia State University, as well as sculptures based on architectural fragments seen in historic photos but that no longer exist. The project documents Meredith’s life, her home, and her role in architectural history, and it speculates on the intersections of race, queerness, and domestic space that were not or could not be recorded.