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

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)– Photographer Nona Faustine’s subject is the black female body: naked, objectified, and vulnerable.

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Faustine was inspired by daguerreotypes taken of plantation slaves in 1850.

“You can’t say that anger is not a part of creating this work,” Faustine told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving.

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The body in this work is her own… heavy, fleshy, clad in white high-heeled shoes, and wrist shackles.

Faustine posed surrogates in a pre-revolutionary Dutch cemetery in Brooklyn, where three favored slaves were “honored” by being buried with their owners.

“Front, back, and side, life-sized cutout images of myself,” she said.

The images are faceless, representing their anonymity. Faustine said the images form a memorial among the tombstones for the countless enslaved black women.

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Faustine’s photographs, called “White Shoes,” are on display at the Smack Mellon gallery in Brooklyn and can be found online at