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Seeing You Through Her and Me: Explorations of Blackness and Womanhood

Swaby, Gio (2022) Seeing You Through Her and Me: Explorations of Blackness and Womanhood. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Swaby, Gio

My research centers on an exploration of Blackness and Womanhood through textile- based portraiture. Working through the lens of Black feminist thought, I have investigated restorative modes of resistance and constructed a supportive framework by which to utilize them. This work is an inquiry into the portrait as a tool of resistance and is motivated by the desire to represent Black women in a way that is nuanced, multilayered and honest. My research asks the question of how Black women can navigate vulnerability in such a way that agency and power is maintained. At its core, this research is rooted in love and itself is an expression of love. It is a celebration of Blackness and creates space for Black people, especially Black women and girls, to be represented with honour and reverence. The tangible works created throughout this process come after the work of visiting, sharing and cultivating connection between myself and the people that have graciously participated in the process.

Date: 13 May 2022
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blackness, womanhood, feminism, womanism, textile art, fibre art, portraiture, portrait, Black women, The Bahamas, Bahamian
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 20:11
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 20:11
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3760

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