black girl draw

The works of Steffi Aluoch, Dawn Okoro and Elizabeth Catlett on Black Girl Draw, a 2017 research and archival project by Ojo Agi.

The works of Steffi Aluoch, Dawn Okoro and Elizabeth Catlett on Black Girl Draw, a 2017 research and archival project by Ojo Agi.

 project statement

The history of black women in visual culture is troubled with negativity. From the Jezebel to the Angry Black Woman, we have been depicted as both emasculating and masculine, hypersexual and asexual, subservient and domineering. In recent years, there has been a proliferation of positive, complex and undeniably beautiful images of black women in art, photography, film and fashion. Or, maybe more accurately, these images have always been there and have simply become more accessible and appreciated.

But who's behind the work? Whose visions of black women get recognized and uplifted? Unfortunately, when we've come across a celebration of black women in art, the creators behind the images are often not black women. Even though black women are creating, their work doesn't seem to be given the platform it deserves. As much as the public reception to black women in art has changed for the better, we're still not fully in control of how these images of us are appropriated, created or disseminated.

Through #BlackGirlDraw, we hope to create an archive of black women visual artists to inspire the future generation to reclaim the gaze, their bodies and their narratives for themselves. Join us as we (re)discover, uplift and celebrate both established and emerging black women artists depicting the black feminine figure.

Note: This project is no longer active.