A Fall From Grace

Zaire McPhearson

“A Fall From Grace” is a multi-layered story of black women who fell victim to a cult during the early 1970’s through the early 2000’s. The group known as “The Prayer Band” would control their lives for over two decades. These women persevered and regained a complete walk with God.


Zaire McPhearson received her B.A. from South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, SC) and is currently pursuing an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University (Durham, NC). She is a multidisciplinary artist who works across various mediums and platforms. Her strong upbringing in the church led her to the exploration of African American entities through religion and faith. Through her experiences in church, she is able to navigate and explore religion through many controversial topics. She creates artwork that touches on the divine spiritual being and challenges the narrative of traditional biblical figures. She considers her work a love letter to black womanhood.

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In keeping with Duke University’s COVID-19 plan which includes instituting a series of social distancing practices to protect the health and continuity of the community, the public events, performances, and screenings for the MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts Spring Thesis Exhibition have been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester. Updated information and schedule details will be posted here, and additionally at mfaeda.duke.edu and across MFA|EDA, Duke Arts, and exhibition venue social media platforms.