Today, we continue our exploration of black female artists who are contributing their voices to the field of photography. These women inform the cultural dialogue surrounding identity and representation as it relates to black narratives from the past and today. They also present an important visual perspective on black womanhood.
Ebony G. Patterson is a Jamaica-born mixed media artist, based in Lexington, KY. Her mesmerizing works combine beads, appliques, fabric, glitter, buttons, costume jewelry, trimming, rhinestones, magnetic letters, ribbons, and adhesive, among other materials on digital print on hand-cut watercolor paper.
Themes of gender and body politics influence her mixed media art and installations.
“I'm hoping . . . to pull the viewer in to see further and raise questions about how we engage in the act of looking.” - Ebony G. Patterson
Zakkiyyah Najeebah is a Chicago-based photographic artist, educator, and documentarian. She works predominantly within the realm of portraiture.
Although she works primarily in photography, she has recently expanded into video and mixed media.
Zakkiyyah approaches her work as a means of practicing self-purpose and manifestation. If you're interested in reading her words about embracing your creative potential, I recommend this article.
Tonika L. Johnson is another Chicago based visual artist. She is a photographer and community activist.
Her photography shares the everyday beauty of her Englewood neighborhood community, challenging the pervasive misimpression that only crime and poverty exist there. She also takes on issues related to residential segregation.
If you missed Part 1 of our celebration of Black History Month, you can catch up here.
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