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.
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.
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.