Event Title

Augustavia

Presenter Information

Carra Roots, Old Dominion University

Location

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, East Foyer

Start Date

8-4-2017 8:30 AM

End Date

8-4-2017 10:00 AM

Description

African-American women have not always been showcased as beautiful. We have been seen as disproportionate, too dark, and animal-like forms. These depictions have caused insecurity and shame in the minds of African American women. To address this, I am photographing women’s skin and bodies, choosing women who are secure in their skin but not always proud of it. I wanted to approach this discussion by photographing women in an intimate space, at an intimate angle, capturing the parts of body that are not flaunted. Influenced by the delicacy of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work and also the rawness of John Coplan’s, I explored the surface beauty each woman has, including the contours that we forget to embrace. By doing this, using abstraction, and photographing very closely I hope to bring about an awareness and a confidence of the exquisiteness that we were born with.

Presentation Type

Art Work

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Apr 8th, 8:30 AM Apr 8th, 10:00 AM

Augustavia

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, East Foyer

African-American women have not always been showcased as beautiful. We have been seen as disproportionate, too dark, and animal-like forms. These depictions have caused insecurity and shame in the minds of African American women. To address this, I am photographing women’s skin and bodies, choosing women who are secure in their skin but not always proud of it. I wanted to approach this discussion by photographing women in an intimate space, at an intimate angle, capturing the parts of body that are not flaunted. Influenced by the delicacy of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work and also the rawness of John Coplan’s, I explored the surface beauty each woman has, including the contours that we forget to embrace. By doing this, using abstraction, and photographing very closely I hope to bring about an awareness and a confidence of the exquisiteness that we were born with.