Stephanie Nnamani

The Black Victorian, 2017

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Lot 24
Digital photography
30.0 x 20.0 in (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
Signed on verso


This work ships from Brooklyn, NY, US.


The Black Victorian is a visual experiment designed to examine and explore the absence of Black, female narratives in one of the most pivotal cultural and social movements such as the Victorian. The Victorian era birthed perhaps one of the most cultural shifts with its introduction of photography. Prior to, paintings were a means to capture and communicate the essence of the era.

The depiction of Black narratives, if any, did not display opulence nor status. Creating images employing painting techniques present within the era provides a retrospective view of what could have been. It communicates that Black narratives then and now, warrant the commitment and intricacy inherent in the practice and discipline of painting. The artist created this with a group of Black women, for Black women.

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