Cyber Black Girl
Contemplating the ripple effects of race.

My work contemplates the ripple effects of race. These nuances are felt by all but seen by the few who know to look for them. I primarily focus on minority women in post-colonial societies. I strive to unpack Blackness as a cultural phenomenon in Western Society. By viewing race as a cultural experience rather than a biological fact it gives agency to people of every race to join in on the conversation. The accessibility of the internet and the universal reach of visual imagery allows for as many people as possible to participate in this dialogue.

I am fascinated by race as a social and cultural construct. The color of my skin has fundamentally shaped my human experience – as it did for my ancestors and will for my descendants. By allowing myself to be an expert on my own racial experience I become my own best source for material. The ripple effects I feel are the ripple effects felt by many others, sharing the stories of black women, one of the most marginalized groups in the world, is essential. Stories lead to understanding, understanding leads to empathy, and empathy leads to equality. Through my work I create an entryway for others to relate to me in the hope that it helps them relate to others.

Experience more of Cyber Black Girl here.

Words: Elizabeth Montague
Art: Elizabeth Montague

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

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