Obviously, the tie to blackness and hair are strong and incredibly revealing when explored by artists. Nakeya Janice Brown is exploring those symbols of identity and hair in her photography. Her artist statement is:
"My work is the visualization of blackness and womanhood with an emphasis on the politics of hair- one the most scrutinized components of a black woman’s body. My photographs examine the multiplicity of African–American hair through presenting it in various states whether braided, weaved, straightened, or natural. I am intrigued by its ability to communicate dual messages about a woman’s relationship to herself and to society at large. I often employ the female figure and feminine objects to render representations of black feminality and explore the changing language of beauty. Through past memories and personal observations, I use photography to examine how the racialized notion of beauty shape self-perception from a black feminist context."
"If Nostalgia Were Colored Brown"
"The Refutation of Good Hair"
Works in Progress
Visit her site at http://nakeyab.com/