The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability

Nigerian-Canadian Artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe

As a black woman, I struggle to reclaim the image of my body. I may have reconstructed, re-envisioned and reinterpreted it, but in the eyes of another, those attempts fall to pieces and my body takes on a different meaning. In a fashion that dates back to colonialism, slavery and past and present ethnographic exhibitions, our bodies take on contrasting roles as tools of both our oppression and our liberation.

via The Modern Black Woman and Politics of Respectability.

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