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The following photos are from a portrait series highlighted in The Black Book 2022 is a virtual yearbook dedicated to celebrating Black life at Brown University. The project was named after Toni Morrison’s The Black Book (1974) a collage-styled book of art, patent applications, ads, music, and photographs curated by Morrison herself that explores the experiences of African Americans in the U.S. Morrison said that the purpose of the book was to tangibly exemplify that African Americans were “busy, smart and not just minstrelized.” Similarly, The Black Book was created to interrogate conventionally violent practices of archivization and give Black students at Brown a way to share and relish in their own achievements, joy, and community in their own image. Black student life @ Brown and Black life in general is rich, colorful, and worthy of celebration. It is not a complement, mechanism, function, or pawn of white supremacy. The proprietors of Black life are Black people and it is radically beautiful in the quotidian.
This series is called "introspection: looking in." The submitted photos are from a larger portrait series where I asked participants to sit in silence or sit in music and just be as I captured them. This series looks to explore notions of overthinking and pondering but also peace with stillness.
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