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My Final Major Project.




Spending my time during lockdown reading the works of black scholars like bell hooks and Angela Davis (to name but two) I am drawn to discussing issues regarding race and identity in my final project. Initially I wanted to cover issues regarding black masculinity and how society has constructed this but due to the current pandemic I have been forced to turn the cameras gaze onto myself.


This prerequisite to create my own narrative as a Black British woman holds importance to me. To search within artistic space to find imagery that I can see myself and my fellow sisters within (in classic British art culture), can be quite difficult. Although this is getting better each year, it is still evident that the framework in which contemporary art has been structed is for the white gaze. By turning the camera upon myself I hope to create and therefore contribute to creating imagery that is representative of the experience of women of colour.

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