Exhibition Takes Aim at One-Dimensional Representations of Black Women’s Bodies in History and Contemporary Media.

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Currently on view at WOMAN MADE Gallery in Chicago, “Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body” seeks to dismantle tired stereotypes of black women and the black body via the works of different artists.

While the exhibition’s title is a nod to Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s 1993 edition of the piece “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color,” curator Janice Bond tells DAZED that she also drew inspiration from Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems.


Policing the Black Female Body

“To Trust and Let Go, I Head in Your Direction”, Ifeatuanya Chiejina

Policing the Black Female Body

“Turn Your Back on Liberation, Saar”, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

Policing the Black Female Body

“Aunt Sara”, Candace Hunter

Policing the Black Female Body

“Nikki”, Harmonia

Policing the Black Female Body

“Saffronia”, Candace Hunter

“Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body” is on view at Chicago’s WOMAN MADE Gallery from now until February 25th. For more information, go HERE.

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