1b, black legs, 52” is an effort to reconcile with history. Through the re-contextualization of black pornographic images primarily using digital-based processes, this exhibition serves as a re-imagining of what black women’s futures could be. By creating images that are hyper-visible in presentation yet ambiguous in their representation, these works seek to foster images of the black female body that demand to be seen and understood removed from the historical construction of blackness that has been upheld and perpetuated through white supremacy. Giving the black female body new meaning we can begin to foster new possibilities for it to be understood differently and to exist in its multiplicity. This show cultivates space for black women and their sexuality to be unapologetically represented while also allowing ourselves the grace to acknowledge the historical legacy of racism in an effort to subvert it, ultimately, striving towards reclaiming our agency.
Photography: Scott Lee
Karice Mitchell is a photo-based installation artist whose practice uses found imagery and digital manipulation to engage with issues relating to the representation of the black female body in pornography and popular culture. Her work seeks to re-contextualize pre-existing images to reimagine the possibilities for black womanhood and sexuality detached from the white gaze and patriarchy.