“A people’s art is the genesis of their freedom.”
- Claudia Jones, 1959
“How does the world perceive us?”
“Who writes the narratives that shape us?”
Centuries of inequality have resulted in countless de-humanising effigies of Blackness. Powerlessness meant that outside of their immediate communities, black people were misrepresented and ridiculed in the realms of art and media. Stripped of their humanity and treated as objects of violence and sex, debasing narratives and negative representations were able to thrive. Shaping the way the world perceives Blackness and most damagingly, the way we as Black People perceive ourselves.