Activism is everywhere. In the streets, in politics, in fashion and in photography. Black activism, however, is fragmented and poorly represented in history books and in general media. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement, I researched the historic representation of black activism and the image of black women. The general image of black activists is portrayed as aggressive and often radical. This representation goes all the way back to the Civil Rights Movement in America and is still present today in news surrounding activists against Zwarte Piet in The Netherlands.
To try and redefine the negative tone of their image representation, I combined the aesthetics of fashion photography with influences of iconic images of the Black Panther Party from the '60s. I tried to play around with aggression and beauty within the narrative of new activism and the role of representation.