Note: This is the first installment of WCBS 880’s Black History Month series.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Photographer Nona Faustine dares to go bare in the street.

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Photo by Nona Faustine. All rights reserved.

Photo by Nona Faustine. All rights reserved.

“They’re nude self-portraits taken in and around New York City, specifically places linked to the history of slavery in New York,” Faustine told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.

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The artist is short and full-figured. Her stance evokes a slave on an auction block wearing only iron shackles on her wrists and high-heeled white pumps.

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“The white shoes, I wanted something that linked to the oppression of black people, the oppression of black women, Western beauty ideals that black women could never live up to, the white patriarchy that I feel people of color can never escape in this world,” Faustine said.

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Faustine’s photographs, called “White Shoes,” at the Smack Mellon gallery in Brooklyn or online at