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Black Woman Artist Poses Nude at Former New York City Slave Trading Sites, Including Wall Street

• Jul 4, 2015
"From Her Body Came Their Greatest Wealth", Wall Street, New York from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

From Her Body Came Their Greatest Wealth”, Wall Street, New York, from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

New York has a reputation for being a melting pot, but it also has a strong history of slave trading. For her photo series, White Shoes, artist Nona Faustine wanted to call attention to that history and its enduring legacy.

As a time traveler I’m very invested in the past and our future. I see myself, the people who built this city and country as one. They deserve so much recognition for their sacrifice and contributions, something that is still being denied them. There was a force deep inside of me that needed to pay homage to those who played a pivotal role in the early history of this city, and the spaces in which they existed. I wanted to uncover those places where a tangible link to the past exists. Being a documentarian at heart I wanted you to feel and see those spaces, let your mind wonder. What does a Black body look like today in the place where they sold human beings 250 years ago? No other medium but photography and film could do that. ”

"They Tagged the Land With Trophies and Institutions From Their Conquests", New York City Hall from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

They Tagged the Land With Trophies and Institutions From Their Conquests”, New York City Hall, from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

Although American slavery is often painted as a Southern legacy, it was an integral part of the culture and economy of Northern states also, including New York;

Slavery was introduced to Manhattan (then New Amsterdam) in 1626 and, for two centuries, remained a significant part of New York life. In fact, the New York City Common Council declared Wall Street the city’s first official slave market on December 13, 1711, deeming it a space where human beings could be enslaved for the day or for the week. The slave market took the shape of a wooden structure with open sides, and held approximately 50 people at a time. It operated as such, on the corner of Wall Street and Pearl Street in the heart of the Financial District, until 1762. Slavery was legally abolished in New York in 1827.”

"Over My Dead Body", New York City Hall from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

Over My Dead Body”, New York City Hall, from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

The use of women’s bodies for sociopolitical reasons is still very controversial, particularly for black women. Black woman protesters recently marched topless during San Francisco rush hour to draw attention to police brutality against black women, a move that drew both admiration and criticism.

As for Faustine, shedding her clothes publicly was both exhilerating and challenging;

My eyes are wide open, and still I’m there and not there. My body is pumping with adrenaline. My anxiety is extremely high. During all that, you filter out as much abstractions as possible so that you can maintain some sort of composure for the camera as people, cars and buses go by. My senses are elevated. Sounds in particular I hone into. I have this feeling of being watched, by something or someone not actually there at times. I’m extremely aware of my presence in these places.”

"On This Spit Of Land Massa and I Reside", Pre-revolutionary Dutch Cemetery, Brooklyn from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

On This Spit Of Land Massa and I Reside”, Pre-revolutionary Dutch Cemetery, Brooklyn, from the White Shoes series, Copyright Nona Faustine

Faustine’s photo series was inspired in part by Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman, known as Venus Hottentot; a Khoikhoi African woman whose large buttocks and curvy figure were exhibited in freak shows throughout 19th century Europe.

As for the white shoes in Faustine’s photography, they represent “the white patriarchy that we cannot escape.”

What do you think of the White Shoes photo series?
You can find Nona Faustine on Instagram and Facebook.

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393 Comments on "Black Woman Artist Poses Nude at Former New York City Slave Trading Sites, Including Wall Street"

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Ebony
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This was pointless and disgusting.

HealthFirst
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I’m unable to see past her weight. She really needs to lose the weight. It’s just too unhealthy to be like that.

Nicole Lasher
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Well, back in the slave days (and still in some places) some would say this “heifer” would make a mighty fine wet nurse and/or breeder. Her price would be around the equivalent of buying a new car today.

Getting the point yet?

Peg
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I’m really sorry that you can’t see the beauty and courage in her actions. Your statement is judgmental. And unnecessary.

omfg
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i’m sorry but this is so…well, not something i want to look at. i know that people nowadays believe that anything goes. people will say, ‘stop body shaming, fat shaming, woman shaming, black shaming, expression shaming, cellulite shaming, feeling shaming, shame shaming, thug shaming, blah blah blah. does anyone believe in drawing a line at all? i must be the only one who finds these displays annoying, unhelpful, attention-seeking, and a little sad. i mean great, she’s a fat black woman (who takes pride in all three i supposed), who goes around butt naked to pose for pictures and calls… Read more »
Marisol
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So you didn’t get it. That’s probably because she is the stalk opposite of who your ancestors were…Don’t worry, no one is going to shame you for being the beneficiary of her ancestors pain.

Nicole Lasher
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It’s not as much about being proud as it is being honest. We’ve been told for hundreds of years that we are ugly no matter what we do or how much we weigh. Our bodies have always been a spectacle for “white” people.

Women of all ages and sizes were still stripped down and sold on the block. If you only want to see the “pretty” ones, that’s your sick fantasy, not the reality.

Guest
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Lol! You’re a complete joke and so transparent. Simply hilarious.

FHC1990
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Thumbs up x10000. I think our culture has become politically correct to a fault.

Peg
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So is your definition of ‘real art’ Alexander Calder?

Natty Patty
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When Kim Kardashian shows her fake big ass it breaks the internet. This out of shape woman does something to bring light to slavery and you call this narcissism?

No this lady is not pleasant to look at but neither was slavery.

Nana Ohenemaa
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Just out of curiosity. Was she arrested for doing this, or she had a permit?

ama
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awesome series. people do forget that the north was built on the land of ndns and the backs of slaves. so I am glad she is bringing this back to the forefront in her way.

Leslie
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i wrote this long, passionate, angry piece about the pain I feel when I see black women being sold back on the block but instead of chains, designer names, instead of .… Here I go again. My dream is for enough of us to be awakened and strengthened to say “no more”.

Marcia JUdkins
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A stark reminder of the atrocities our ancestors were forced to endure. I applaud her courage and convictions.

lauryn
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POWERFUL!! Black Women Rock!! 3

cryssi
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I felt pain seeing these. It felt present. I had questions, but they are irrelevant to the imagery displayed here.

Philly Jawn
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No

Nia Says
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nothing short of amazing. This gave me pause and perspective.

Kita Williams
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Absolutely love the bold statement. Black woman in its rarest form taking back the image that was meant to ridicule and debase. I applaud her

GHETOSPYDR
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The point of the nakedness is what again??

s. cupcake
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slavery something something oppression black on black crime

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Lol! Trolling hard for the money.

Marisol
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You mention black on black crime like you really care.….NOT.

CaribbeanGlow
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All races tend to perpetrate crimes against their own but this illustrates white on black crime ( to put it mildly). If we can cope you should be able to handle it. She made you squirm. Good.

Guest
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Lol! Trolling hard for no money. Hilarious!

understand562
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see what you fail to realize is that black on black crime is a side notation associated with being taught self hate all goes back to the root of the issue slavery plz go educate yourself

BklynSun3
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White on white crime is just as high. As most crimes are committed by people of one race against members of their own race. Your argument in invalid.

Jeff Jackson
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Slaves were sold naked to show their physique.

Imani
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Did you read the article…or did you just look at the photos? The article clearly states her intentions for this piece.

KaseyJones
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To get people to actually pay attention to her work. The photography “skill” here is severely lacking in terms of composition, lighting and aesthetic value. No one is going to look at her “art” for the sake of the art. However if you do it naked, you’ll get lots of attention directed to your work and your message.

PrepaidVisa
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This work is amazing. It made me cry. She looks scared yet she does this anyway. Hero.

Mosnet99
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I’m thinking the shoes are slightly too big to represent our people never being able to fit in the white patriarchy?

Aegis
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I am loving the boldness of my sisters

s. cupcake
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boldness? nobody wants to see that

UDownWithTPP
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Ur dumbass must have since you’re…um…here.

Jeff Jackson
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Yea, nobody wanted to be ripped away from their land, religion, loved ones, stuffed into the belly of ships, raped, beat, malnourished, enslaved..you get the point..but yet, my people got that..you dont want to see that because it reminds you of the evil that flows from your ancestor through you..kill yourself and do sonething positive for the world..end your curse

s. cupcake
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gross

Marisol
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What’s the matter cupcake? Are you angry because despite the evil wickedness of your ancestors, this woman STILL RISE. You would never understand, that because you are the spawn of the lowest devils on the planet.…

AG
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Yes, it was and is gross that humans buy and sell other humans. Absolutely disgusting. She, however, is bold, powerful, beautiful and courageous.

Targetdog
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Yes, selling nekkid slaves is gross…

thebravebird
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Yeah, you are gross. Is trolling the internet paying off in self-esteem for you yet?

Lynn Johnson
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Dude, WTF? Fuck you. Racist fuck.

omfg
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i’m black. now what? am i supposed to think it’s okay or great because she’s black?

why do people think getting naked is so awesome or courageous or brave?

people are swayed by everything.

Jeff Jackson
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This sister is amazing!! Her boldness is refreshing. This wouldnt be the same or have the same power if she were a model shape.

Annie
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I am appalled

Mr.Artist
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What I am appalled at is the rights the Government and the Suprime Court has given to men being with men and women being with women. This sister is a true artist who seeks to bring to attention the real reason blacks are being oppressed and kills as if black lives doesn’t matter. This is a true expression of artistry that will live on for generation.

asher2789
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i assume you are black, seeing that you’re on a black-interest website. perhaps you should look into intersectionality. the suffering of LGBT people, while different than that of black people, is still suffering. its still wrong. its still unacceptable. and thank god, us gays have made considerable strides towards acceptance by society that blacks still have yet to achieve (sadly, as shown by the never ending examples of police brutality, for starters). and anyways, men marrying men and women marrying women have no impact on your everyday life. supremacy however, does. those in power who hate LGBT people tend to… Read more »
Imani
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you can’t change your skin color. i can’t change my sexuality.”

https://youtu.be/neEVoFODQOE?t=8m20s

I’m leaving this video here, because as someone who is both black and ID’s as part of the LGBT community, I want you to understand the two fights are similar, similar, but in no way shape or form the same. I think this video may help to better address what I’m trying to say.
The rest of your message has bits that I truly do agree with, no one should be mistreated, period.

kevin15776
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I’m just sitting back enjoying these comments with some juice and popcorn.

Samantha
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WouldyaLook
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Kinda like your comment! Wouldya look at that…

Guest
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Ha! So true. This is too real for these people.

Guest
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Ha! So true. This is just too real for these people.

Rolling Eyes
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…and let me guess: you’re sitting at home super worried about her health, right? Don’t mask your hatred/disgust for what you see as “concern” to make yourself feel better or appear more righteous. You don’t have to like everything, or like her body…but just be honest and say that.

Audrey Black
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She has nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of. How many can say that? Empowering and liberating.

Ciaran Healy
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Damn straight.

Don Fallen
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She is amazing in expressing the power of a Black woman. Some say it’s a disgrace, but you are a disgrace for not knowing and realizing the true meaning of her display…

omfg
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a black person who doesn’t appreciate this is not a disgrace. i mean, i hope you’re kidding.

Imani
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Reread what they wrote. Because that is not what was said at all.

Ciaran Healy
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omfg — I hope you’re suffering from a serious head injury that would explain the stunning shallowness of your pitifully facile perspective.

Ciaran Healy
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Damn right.

Debopriya Ghosh
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Internet.. people talking about being ‘real’ under the veil of anonymity. If you don’t get this then of course this is not your reality. But the real shame is people like you denying other’s reality.

Guest
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omfg
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i promise, this work is not all that deep. i wish people would stop acting like it is.

Guest
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Lol! I promise that this is just your personal opinion. I wish people would stop acting like their viewpoint is the end all to be all. Hilarious!

Nicole Lasher
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Then make some of your own art instead of criticizing others, sockpuppet.

BluegumSubhumans
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Yeah, because you’ve obviously been living the reality of slavery, or maybe you haven’t. Apparently, evil, probably white people, have been denying you your delusion?

Guest
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Lol! Another obsessed barnyard troll. Hilar!

Nicole Lasher
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We live the reality of over entitled nitwits who are too compliant to see they’re just the pale house n****** of a racist system to this day.

Least you could do is get your head out of the sand. They hate you too.

Guest
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Oh it’s not black. This is just the typical, pathologically obsessed with black people barnyard troll in action. It’s been fed enough now.

Guest
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” i contrasted it with the other low level, supposed art works in the same museum and just wanted to hurl.”–Lol!

This “supposed” art critic gave itself away with that one line.
Their incessant need to forget/silence/ignore anything about this country’s ugly past with slavery, because it makes them uncomfortable/ashamed is quite apparent–so trust–it got it!

CaribbeanGlow
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Yep! Sista made them squirm, which is what great art does. It may not be in a museum. It’s performance art. Anyhoo, art is beauty and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Guest
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Lol! You’re a complete joke and so transparent. Just simply hilarious.

Marisol
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That took guts.….Why should she be ashamed? This is how her ancestors were sold. Naked

Ti'Yon Cruz
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Its funny how people are saying gross and claiming no one wants to see it. Well I want to see it. She’s beautiful, her body is beautiful. If you don’t want to see it , then why click on the article to read and view it ? That makes you look like a simpleton for real. She’s bold and courageous. People are saying we want to be here and a whole bunch of other ignorant bs but it was the WHITE man that brought us here and before you I get negative comments about Africans selling other Africans, do your… Read more »
Saxdude
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The first slave owner in the United States was an African American. He won a court case that set the precedent for slavery in the U.S. Anthony Johnson was his name. Learn history.

Micki
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correction — He was the 1st BLACK slave owner NOT the 1st slave owner. There is a difference

katknapps
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Ciaran Healy
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BOOM. Headshot. Perfect comment. Nice one Ti’Yon.

creegal
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I never really cared much for naked artist performances…I get the drift though.

Ciaran Healy
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Good for you.

Kiana Davis
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Amazing… So creative and bold! Unapologetic and moving.

Thank you

Ciaran Healy
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It’s one of the most amazingly dignified things I’ve seen a person do. It’s also great how it calls the worms out of the woodwork — people who snicker and laugh do not detract from her, but betray their own shallowness as people, and in so doing make her work even more important.

Targetdog
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She walked the walk in those white shoes! How many whites would walk the walk in a pair of black shoes?

booboo
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that’s just racist

Ciaran Healy
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How many indeed.

KaseyJones
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Depends. Are we talking before or after Labor Day?

Nicole Lasher
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My only disagreement is with the “patriarchy” stance. Slavery was not something that rich “white” men did by themselves without women, nor was Jim Crow the exclusive domain of men. Just about all “white” supremacists and those complicit are raised to be this way by their mothers. Under the current racist system, the only thing western style feminism has done for us is give us more opportunities to continue to take care of their children and clean their house for minimum wage or less, while they pursue their “liberation”. We don’t find any real freedom in that movement, and I… Read more »
omfg
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patriarchy is not a while male invention. african men are not exactly known for being egalitarian when it comes to when. that’s a fantasy.

Guest
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patriarchy is not a while male invention.”–And where in her comment does she states that it was?!? Lol! Your deflection tactic is so transparent. But your black of course, so I’m sure this wasn’t the intent. Hilar!

omfg
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reading is fundamental.

Ciaran Healy
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That’s a pretty brilliant comment to make. I’ve been shocked by how cruel women can be to women, and Western-style feminism is, as you say, so focused on making everything men-vs-women that it absolves the female element of oppression from existence, let alone examination. Really well said. Great stuff.

Lyndsey Lovelady
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Great story behind the photos, terrible execution. Lighting is terrible. Is this person an actual photographer or someone who just claims to be because she owns a camera?

Roy Jones
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A powerful statement and a reminder of how deeply slavery was woven into America’s culture, politics and economy.

Ciaran Healy
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Damn right.

Kristene Crawley
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Nuts

SoCalGal
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This is amazing. Our ancestors were stripped of their dignity in every possible way, including being paraded before slave buyers naked. These photos show the indignity but also takes it back. Brava.

Ciaran Healy
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Exactly. Amazing stuff, brilliantly said.

Mary Fran
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Powerful. But I don’t suffer from white guilt.

ohgodwhitepeople
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yes just whiteness.

Ciaran Healy
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As a white person I approve this message.

asher2789
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good for you?

Ciaran Healy
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Or human depth, apparently.

P-Lang
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You don’t need to, just be aware of the privilege you have by being white, try not to take advantage of it.

Chrissie
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What an odd thing to say?

Kinny Winter
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this is so chilling. moves me to action.

Ciaran Healy
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Brilliant.

Jackie Isis Dawson
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Praises to you sister for being so brave demonstrating how it was when we were being sold like cattle!!!!!!!!

Ciaran Healy
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It really is amazing work.

CU1
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I disagree. While I applaud her for her message, this was really unnecessary and inconsiderate of mankind in general who viewed her, either in person or in pictures online. Bravery is not always worthy of being publicly hailed.

Elizabeth Grace Van Dyke
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Elizabeth Grace Van Dyke

So, the artist’s point is lost on you because you can only look at this one-dimensionally? I suppose, if she sported the same physique as her ancestors, who were bought and sold, you would have had no problem looking. It is easier to turn a blind eye when you can convince yourself there’s a valid reason for not being able to see. How very poignantly you represent the uncomfortable message the artist is making.

Guest
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How very poignantly you represent the uncomfortable message the artist is making”–This visceral and primal reaction that you’re seeing here, shows that it worked.

Kudos to her–mission accomplish.

Guest
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Ha! You need more people.

omfg
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i’m black. my ancestors stood on those auction blocks too. so…

it’s not that i don’t “get” it. it’s that i don’t think it’s as deep or profound or genius as many of you.

Imani
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No…it’s clear that you don’t get it. Very clear. Or else the nakedness of her body would be a trivial matter in the grand schemed of the powerful message she is trying to convey.

Guest
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As someone else mentioned, she would made a “fine wet nurse and/or breeder.” Those white slave masters would have been stumbling over themselves trying to outbid eachother.

Nicole Lasher
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Your skin may be brown, but you’re far, far away from African consciousness. You should know that conformity to “white” supremacy doesn’t make them like you more or consider you more human. In fact, you lose their respect when you disrespect your own people. Somewhere in the back or maybe front of your mind, is the voice of a “white” supremacist saying, “Good n*****, safe n*****.” Things happened. This artist is reenacting things that actually happened, just in a modern context. Your inability to accept what you are seeing does not make her a coward or immoral. It makes you… Read more »
omfg
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lol.

i’m not african, i’m black american. and i have no idea with african consciousness is, considering that CONTINENT is so incredibly diverse.

i never called her a coward or immoral. and i don’t understand what my position has to do with being a self-hating or whitey-loving black person. i don’t have to like everything a black person produces, including this.

strange that you assume that because i don’t think she is clever that i believe in covering up the less pleasant aspects of history. hmmmm.

Guest
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“white” supremacist saying, “Good n*****, safe n*****.””–Ha! These “supposed” cloaked in black bodies types, don’t even realize that they’re laughing at them just as hard as we are. It’s truly comical to watch self-hatred in full glory.

kevin15776
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So there’s no room for different views? I too get the message but don’t find it particularly eye opening or moving.

FreeTea
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This message is not for you.

Of course you would not be moved by an artistic reconstruction of the indignities and horrors perpetrated by your ancestors. If you were, that would mean that you actually have empathy.

kevin15776
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Oh?? Please tell me who my ancestors were…

Nicole Lasher
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Culturally erased people of European ancestry who sold out to be tools of the elite…but that didn’t work out so well for you because all that defending the elite and believing yourself to be superior didn’t work out well for you, keep your family together, keep your sisters from being whores, or make your mother love you more. So you’re angry and disenchanted, but instead of abandoning the mentality that makes you miserable, you look outside for solutions…who to blame that the fairytale you were sold did not come true. Since African American women seem like easy targets, you pick… Read more »
FreeTea
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LOL. I just read through some of your postings in Disqus threads, and I’m surprised your avatar isn’t the stars and bars or a swastika. Your ancestors are the men that strung us up in trees when ever they felt threatened, as your brethren do now with our women in jail cells. Your ancestors visited countless violences on the bodies of our men, women, and children, not to mention our infants and unborn. Your people continue this “tradition”. Your ancestors supported and your people continue to uphold legislation that systematically puts almost everyone in our culture at a disadvantage from… Read more »
kevin15776
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My “ancestors” weren’t even in the US up until the early 1900s and they all settled in Brooklyn. My father didn’t move to North America till the 70s. His family is still back in Denmark. I was adopted from Colombia in 1982.

Nicole Lasher
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Then you are welcome to pass on by because this was not done to heal you.

Nicole Lasher
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I’ll add that nobody expects or needs you to get it or to approve. Why you assume that everything is about you or done for you is part of the problem.

Joshua J
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YASS!! and in this moment I feel so liberated. I pay homage to you! #whyIloveblackwomen

Ciaran Healy
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Good man.

Adriana Devine
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Awestruck. Incredible art, and story, and artist.

Ciaran Healy
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Exactly. Amazing work here.

noname
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wow. thats rude. you are not even understanding what ancestors mean huh? he did not do anything and should not be blamed for what a select few did, also blacks owned slaves in Africa.

Marisol
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You have no name for a reason. Apparently you are the one that don’t know what ancestors mean. Blacks having slaves in Africa, and whites having slaves in America are totally to different things. The blacks in Africa were not responsible for the vile and heinous treatment of Americans slaves. Europeans also owned Europeans slaves and the the same goes for slave ownership in most countries, so why should Africa be any different? The difference with you people are that you decided to go into other countries to enslave their people…Typical of satan…

Avi Marranazo
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The White man didn’t start slavery, but he did end it, at great expense to himself, which is more than we can say for some peoples. BTW, learn to properly use the English language and our communication media before you post again.

Marisol
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By the way, in America the “select few” as you call them, were all white Americans. So cut the bs with the select few

omfg
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you know, i just finished reading, “the half that has never been told”. so, this slave history, etc. is actually fresh in my mind. i’m actually quite into slave history right now. i love reading about it and learning about it. perhaps this is why i look at this and feel so unmoved and unimpressed by what i see. what i read in that book was a whole lot more moving and impressive. i don’t find these enlightening at all. i find them self-indulgent. if i want to learn more about the experiences of black americans as portrayed in art,… Read more »
Guest
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Lol! Sweetheart, it’s not what was said, but how it was said. You keep giving yourself away. Your tone and remarks, makes your attempt to shame this quite apparent.

You may not be “easily impressed” but your need to “impress” others of this, is what makes reading you so easy.

What’s truly weird is that you forgot to add that you have black friends too.

Imani
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i’m actually quite into slave history right now.”
That sounds mighty close to something else. Regardless, there are many different types of art, be it in books, photography, music etc. Why does this particular piece have you up in a tizzy? If you feel it’s “not art” then why are you even viewing it? Why does it seem in the various comments you’ve left that you are trying incredibly hard to discredit this? What personal issue, bc it does appear to be a personal issue, do you have with this artist? It seems to go beyond this piece.

CleverBev
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What a powerful piece. Isn’t it ironic now that black women are castigated for having “too many” children, when our bodies and their issue were once the REAL source of white American wealth? What is “valuable” in one context is demonized in another. Although the intersections of color, gender, and American economics continue to be too troubling for many to discuss with honesty, this artist has brought honesty (and controversy) to the table. Brava to her for putting “history” into context.

Camille
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The south has NEVER recovered from the loss of their most valuable resource.

Nancy Green
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Continuing to be dependent on the government for your livelihood, ie. welfare is to keep one’s self in slavery. This kind of slavery comes in many colors!

Guest
Guest

real source of American wealth? and you built the pyramids and invented everything too, that’s why Africa is so great today

Shannon Evans
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It just sounds like it challenges all of your white supremacist indoctrination and makes you uncomfortable so you try to intellectualize it with pretentious condescension… but what do I know? I could be wrong

Guest
Guest

No you’re not wrong. This simpleton is desperately trying to convince everyone that they’re not white. As if that makes a difference when it comes to their ignorance.

You are not wrong at all.

asher2789
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perhaps you should look up the artwork known as “venus of willendorf”. large women have been celebrated for their appearances in the form of art for millennia.

ill save you some time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_of_Willendorf

LorMarie
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I just can’t get behind this. The boldest anti-racist, anti-slavery statement that I can make is to show success and triumph, not to look back to slavery. This is not helping black women, IMO. No offense to the artist.

sabelmouse
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why? we forget history at our peril.

FreeTea
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Agreed–seems like a lot of these posters don’t actually frequent this site, if you catch my drift. Hit dogs will holler.

BlueCornMoon
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I’m a retired inner city TEACHER. I taught my students all about slavery & how our ancestors were treated and that the best way to honor them is to know their history & TO BE SUCCESSFUL ! To ignore pop culture nonsense about paying attention to what people look like, nasty degrading rap music , cursing, booty songs , & pants on the ground. They should study their history & USE THEIR MINDS !! I can’t see why so many people think this woman walking around naked takes courage& makes a powerful statement. You can see naked & half naked… Read more »
Penny Andra
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You are absolutely right, this will have no impact on this society now or the one to come.

Ciaran Healy
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You will have no impact on this society, now or the one to come.

Elizabeth Hahn
Guest

i wouldn’t say it isn’t having an impact. i think it is clear by some of the comments here that some people have certainly been impacted. you have no idea how that will manifest it self now or in the future. just because you are short sighted doesn’t mean that everyone else is also.

Ema Bell
Guest

Penny,
Sorry to tell you this but this woman has already made an impact. The proof is the conversation happening at this moment. Thank you contributing. Art always has an impact on society. That is why they kill the artists first during the initial phases of a genocide. I look forward to the seeing artist who can make this statement without the white shoes.

Ciaran Healy
Guest

That’s just a really shallow way of looking at this entire thing.

Diana Ross Hurtado
Guest

That is my opinion also. I dont see really what is the point on doing this. First of all, why look back at slavery? We have to deal with the slavery that is in the present and that exists only in our minds. If we want to end it, we got to start with ourselves first. Plus… I honestly believe going nude is disrespecting your own self worth and respect. This,nuditity only serves the purpose of attention to self.

baruchzed
Guest

Brilliant is so many ways!

Camille
Guest

Amazing and powerful. That so many trolls feel compelled to try and tear her down only makes the statement and impact stronger. I’m not surprised that so many people are threatened by this.

Ciaran Healy
Guest

Exactly. This is a beautiful woman doing something beautiful and brilliant.

Nuyoka Co
Guest

Could have been better if the photographs were shot right.
All woman are beautiful no matter the size, But come on.

KaseyJones
Guest

If you can’t have talent, have shock value.

CaribbeanGlow
Guest

Yep! Sista made them squirm, which is what great art does. It may not be in a museum. It’s performance art. Anyhow, art is beauty and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

boazwife
Guest

WOW powerful artistry!!!

Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, usually involving imaginative or technical skill. Art may be characterized in terms of mimesis (its representation of reality), expression, communication of emotion, or other qualities.

JL Mosley
Guest

Courageous or Crazy???!!!

I gather it depends on who is beholding…

I am beholding, and I think it is downright Crazy…I don’t care what point she is trying to make!!!

Just like you cannot ever unsee this, you can never delete it when you place it out in cyberspace…

These picture will be around long after she does not exist in the realm of the living…Nevertheless, her grandchildren will be able to view them forever!!!

skepticismishealthy
Guest

I daresay they will be proud of her.

Julius Thompson
Guest

Her art made me sad but hopeful… How could whites have been so cruel and inhuman?

Diana Ross Hurtado
Guest

Slavery was also among the blacks. and guess what? it still exists till this day. So it is not a race issue, it is a humanity issue

Pung Yo Ting
Guest

Africans are the ones that sold out their own kind into slavery… each race had its part. I’d say selling out your own people is a little bit of a taint that doesn’t like being admitted. And call me whatever you want(since the insults on here look pretty crappy already) but each race is responsible for slavery across the centuries.

Derek Stewart
Guest

True dat.

reply guy
Guest

It’s not made for you to get behind, it’s made to bring you out! Free your mind and your ass will follow!

Tori
Guest

Wow I get the message and I think that this sista was very courageous. I applaud her!! **side note please ignore the trolls along with their self absorbed comments ?

Chico Rich
Guest

This was beautiful and powerful all at the same time, much respect!!

Tiffany Anthony
Guest

Wow. Powerful.

Dejah
Guest
I don’t know how i feel about this. On the one hand, “the people you see nekkid, are never the ones you WANT to see nekkid, LOL.” Being a fellow fat person, I have body issues, I am pretty sure this woman battles. It was pretty brave, knowing how hateful people can be to fat people for just existing with their clothes ON. On the other hand, this is powerful for me personally. My people were founders of New Jersey and Massachusetts. I don’t know if they were slave holders. They quite possibly could have been. I hope not. My… Read more »
Army Officer (Ret)
Guest

Slavery is, and was, a very bad thing, so I hate to be the one to inject the history lesson, but a very large percentage of slaves bought and sold in New York were, in fact, Irish… and a lot of slaves were men.

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/irish-the-forgotten-white-slaves-says-expert-john-martin-188645531–237793261.html

Ciaran Healy
Guest

And a lot of internet commentators are desperate to sound like they have something relevant to say because their lives are pointless and they have nothing to offer a world that treats them, rightly, as irrelevant.

Lula
Guest
Free Tea
Guest

Stop. The Irish were indentured servants, a far cry above slavery. The difference is that while we were getting our backs split open for not working fast enough, the Irish men you refer to were doing the splitting. Please show me photos of Irish people having their children fed to alligators. Show me pictures of Irish men with ropy whip scars across their entire bodies. Show me Irish women with their heads forcibly shaved or scarred bald from punishment in the form of lye.

You can’t. Have a seat.

Neterti Ma'at Ra
Guest

Bigg difference between American slavery and indenture servitude. No where in the history of this Earth as slavery been as barbaric, ruthless, gruesome, and disgusting as the enslavement imposed on Africans. Furthermore, no other slavey benefitted other racial/ethnic groups and built an entire ecomonic system worldwide like the enslavement of Africans. So, keep your “his”-story lesson, and let’s not downplay the enslavement of 100+ million people, shall we? People in this coubtey have been doing it for too long and it’s insulting.

rasil4u
Guest

In fact they were, but nothing reaches the exponential “large number”, nor the duration of time that Africans were enslaved. Additionally, the Irish were not under the system of chattel slavery.

Guest
Guest

you don’t know jack

El Deplorable
Guest

True (or at least indentured servants). The only difference is that the Irish were still white. When black and white slaves were freed in NYS, the Irish were still at a higher social level than blacks were.

Guest
Guest

Because this somehow takes away from the reality of black slavery. SMH.

Camille
Guest

I think the irish can remember and honor their own slaves.

Derek Stewart
Guest

And your point is? She isn’t saying that all slaves in New York were black. She is simply making a statement about the ones who were.

chris968
Guest

Very powerful pictures. Brava to the artist for having the courage to do these pictures.

Penny Andra
Guest

Nasty looking body, and what impact will this really make??

Iron Lady
Guest

It will make her look like an over weight woman with not dignity or pride.

Mjolnir's Rage
Guest
It will make her look…? You mean “I THINK it will make her look…” Acting like your horrible opinion is the consensus…she still has a great body, probably much better than yours…and yes her dignity and pride is intact because she didn’t do it for views like Rihanna or some other video whore…sorry to break it to you but this won’t make Yahoo or the front page…it was done for reflection and for everyone to admit, confront and realize the truth that Wall Street and other such places were built off the backs of slaves who looked more or less… Read more »
joynow26
Guest

you are so awful for saying that. obviously you don’t know the great impact that COURAGE can make because you don’t have any!

P.A.N.D.A.
Guest

Your response is an impact. You exposing yourself for the unconscious fool that you are is an impact.

Sarah Edwards
Guest

Nasty Penny. Look in the mirror.

Jemster
Guest

Nasty looking soul you have there. Please exit the comment section. There is a door to your left. Don’t let it hit your ass on the way out. Thank you and I would say have a great day but in the end I wouldn’t really mean it.

Elizabeth Hahn
Guest

nice penny. way to body shame. i would rather have her body, than your nasty, hateful attitude. slaves were paraded around naked when they were being sold. i found it very profound her standing in the place, where women would have been standing hundreds of years ago, to be sold as property. and it is obvious by your statement, that for people like you, this will make no impact. how sad.

sparkle judy
Guest

Rather have a ‘nasty’ body than a nasty soul.

als
Guest

A Beautiful body, a beautiful mind, beautiful intention. you with a nasty soul, remove yourself from judgment and see the bigger picture or speak not at all. ones like you drive hatred in this already struggling world.

Sari Makedah Moffatt
Guest

Yes this is art. Dosent matter what one person deems negative talking about her body is irrelevant. It’s her message, her fearlessness, tenacity. Her body style is not the point. There is always one who messes things up for everybody else.

P-Lang
Guest

First off there is no wrong way to have a body, so good job with that on-point judgmental middle-age middle-class white bitch act.
Second do you not watch the news? Do you know that the Jim Crow era ended but racism and DENIAL of racism are still writhing around like a swarm of maggots in shit?
Art is directly reflective and influential on culture. Something you would not be aware of considering your view of art is probably the mass produced prints at Target, that are made by slave labor.

Have a nice day in your white patriarchal mindset.

Annette Jordan
Guest

That woman has more beauty, strength and integrity than you will ever know. Shame on you! And if you have to ask, you don’t get it and it’s not for you to understand.

jaskjk
Guest

YESSS!!!!

Sari Makedah Moffatt
Guest

Makes lots of impact. A lot of people have been blessed with the truth after reading this article. You are seeing with narrow eyes. So sad.

Nikki Miller
Guest

Amen! Some people rather be lead like sheep than open to look past the superficial and find the true message

jaskjk
Guest

exactly!

Marisol
Guest

Do you realize that your photo is being viewed by others? Your face doesn’t look any better than her body…

m dion
Guest

Not sure why you are bothering with looking at theses photos Penny, and then take the time to comment …you should talk about why you find a need to be a voyeur of large women at your next appointment with your therapist.

BlueCornMoon
Guest

This proves absolutely nothing except that she walked around naked. Sojourner Truth & Harriet Tubman did a much better job ‚that’s why we remember them & hopefully see Harriet on a $20 bill.. This women will be laughingly forgotten before week’s end. EPIC FAIL !

jaskjk
Guest

Read your history books hpney. Slaves were often sold naked to prove their health, child bearing ability, etc. Study up girl!

Penny Andra
Guest

Slavery has been around from the beginning of time, you need to read some history books.

Ciaran Healy
Guest

You need to shut your mouth until you have something to say that doesn’t mark you out as sickening, screeching scum.

Cheri
Guest

Penny, does that somehow make it OK? Does its long time existence somehow negate the impact slavery had on the US, primarily those here of African descent?

Rachael
Guest

Did you seriously come to this article to try to justify THE most shameful part of white American history by saying it’s always existed? The whites who enslaved people, and allowed other whites to enslave people, WERE inhuman and cruel. Why don’t YOU read a history book instead of embarrassing yourself.

P-Lang
Guest

yes. poor white people. they need to be included too. white people have suffered the most. white pain is the most important.

Lioness Sheeda
Guest

good excuse for the inhumane ancestors u came from

Mary Dorsey-Driskell Waller
Guest
Mary Dorsey-Driskell Waller

American slaveholders were evil,murderous and took slavery to a whole new level because of their greed and feelings of superiority. no where in the world was slaves treated as they were here.…

Iron Lady
Guest

Slaves did not have fast food back then.

skepticismishealthy
Guest

You win pettiest comment award. Of course, you would not get the point of the project; you’re blinded by your mask of privilege.

Cls37x0
Guest

Absolutely ridiculous… and change your diet.

skepticismishealthy
Guest

Says the person without the courage to expose even her head.

BLACK POWER
Guest

very symbolic
black people will always be.……
penny stop your dirty mouth talk
you can’t even stand in the sun
without getting burn.…
plus you gonna get old first .……
that’s why you have to keep buying aging cream.….
STFU

Stormy Gabriel
Guest

This is just right nasty — Anyway you look at it. This woman is just too big to try and make a statement. I understand her point, though she could have illustrated it with a bit more class and got her point across like dress in tattered slave clothing, just covering her busts, partial waist and hips with shackles hanging from her ankles and wrists or in full Aunt Jemima ensamble.

skepticismishealthy
Guest

The point is the humans who were shackled and sold in those spaces were stripped of their dignity, and more often than not, they too were naked. She had the courage to convey all that with her body. Your discomfort is inconsequential.

Michael
Guest

The female slaves were usually sold naked. Clothing was something aquired from their new owners. Those selling them would make sure they were nude so as to attract male buyers for the more illicit purposes.

Debbie
Guest

If she dressed as Aunt Jemima you would criticize that too. So she should not have a voice because she is full figured?

Mike
Guest

Art may come in many forms, and each form of art may be appreciated by certain people, but this to me is not art. Fat or slim. Pretty or ugly. Male or female… A random naked body doesn’t have any impact on me when you are discussing topics like slavery/racism or police brutality. There are other, less provocative, ways to grab attention for whatever agenda you want to push. Her being naked, or the women flashing people in reference to police brutality aren’t really doing anything more than making themselves look foolish.

skepticismishealthy
Guest

Remembering what slavery bought should be provocative; the abuse of other humans’ bodies should make us uncomfortable. You are not proving their folly, instead only your own.

Sarah Edwards
Guest

People criticising her size need to be ashamed of themselves. The fact she has a bigger body and is willing to go naked for these shots adds more power to her message. Black people were treated like animals because of the colour of their skin — bigger people are treated like second class citizens because of their size. HUMAN , we are all human regardless of colour , creed, size, religion — get some humanity!!!!

Jayjay
Guest

YES! Art and photography is not all about beauty. It’s about the message.

Chinita
Guest

He (Anthony Johnson) was not the first slave owner. He was the first “Black” slave owner. He himself was a slave before gaining his own freedom. Oh and one of the five slaves he bought was his own son. This was quite common for free slaves to buy their own family, if they could.

Guest
Guest

forget the slave trade we need to reinstate the New Bedford whaling industry

skepticismishealthy
Guest

Coward. You post a cheap insult, and won’t even sign it because you can’t stomach being called out on it.

jaskjk
Guest

That was incredibly insensitive and rude.

Guest
Guest

lol

Tanya English
Guest

Brave and amazing! For those who think she’s “nasty” looking -we see in others what we see in ourselves.

Chrissie
Guest

Exactly, you should try it.

wfs
Guest

Right up there with William Pope L. and Kara Walker.. this bold beautiful vulnerable genius woman, Nona Faustine.

BlueCornMoon
Guest
When are women gonna get over this dumb idea that they need to strip naked to prove something about the human body or to get some point across?. Some teen guys just made rude remarks about this woman’s body, just like they did about all those topless black women marching a few weeks ago. The point they’re trying to make is totally LOST because folks are looking at their bodies. Any fool with half a brain should be able to figure that out. Shows how women have been brainwashed to think they have to use their bodies & sexuality to… Read more »
skepticismishealthy
Guest

Hmm, smells like Hotep.

Free Tea
Guest

You missed the entire point if you think her nudity is a display of sexuality.

BlueCornMoon
Guest
I see it as a useless display of nudity that will be forgotten for its lack of real substance. There’s been nothing else written about her since the summer.A curiosity & a flash in the pan,then gone. However,they’re still talking about Michelle Obama who’s been encouraging black kids to go to college, ballerina Misty Copeland is in a Broadway show, Viola Davis is still burning up the screen in HTGAWM & Cecily Tyson plays her mom, Marian Anderson & Audra McDonald are still inspiring young women singers, Harriet Tubman has been suggested for possibly being on a $10 bill &… Read more »
jaskjk
Guest

You cannot judge her, she is a very brave woman. Don’t judge others.

Darian Bacon
Guest

The display of nudity is not to convey the concept of sexuality, but the concept of vulnerability.

ChooseyNKC
Guest

Your post just proved how ignorant folk are.

Omeka Kabari
Guest

She is courageous and beautiful. (Free Housing & Food ) freehousingproject.com

jliscorpio
Guest

For the people criticizing the work I saw this article and had a WTF attitude about it also. Then I read the article and learned something I didn’t already know about the slave trade in NYC. (I too thought it was only a Southern thing) Her nakedness brought me here and her nakedness made me also think about the vulnerability that the human slaves who were our brothers and sisters encountered being used as machines (and worse).

Kimbo88
Guest
This is not art, this is a perfect example of what happens when you are ignorant of your true roots; you act a fool. This lady has never been in shackles, nor has she been beaten, nor has she been aboard a slave ship, but yet in 2015 she deems this embarrassment a courageous act and a reminder of the only minuscule piece of history the media continues to focus on instead of researching her own history and educating herself. This is mental slavery at its finest. She has no clue why the slaves were taken aboard the ships in… Read more »
LC
Guest

The truth!

ChooseyNKC
Guest

My grandfather by the way was still alive when I was grown and he was born in 1896 so are you telling me what does and does not affect MY life because it didn’t happen to me? It affected my grandparents so it affected me.

Cleogrrl
Guest

Speak only for yourself dude.

Felina Femenina
Guest

I partially agree. Nearly all ethnicities around the world have a history of enslavement, but only American black people build an identity around slavery and make that the central point of their history, the core of the group identity and core of each individual’s experience and identity. Many have post-traumatic slave syndrome due to their obsession with slavery and teaching the graphic details to little black kids. It’s unhealthy and time to grow beyond that.

Free Tea
Guest

Do you say the same things to the Roma and the Jewish in regards to the Holocaust?

Felina Femenina
Guest
I’m neither Roma nor Jewish, so I don’t care what either of these groups do. However, Jews are one of the richest — if not the richest — groups in the modern world. Jews use the Holocaust as a ploy to get sympathy from others as needed. They have not let it stop them from identifying growth opportunities, achieving, and certainly don’t see it as central to their group identity. That’s very different from the majority of American blacks who can’t put down the burden of slavery for an instant, choosing to carry the burden everywhere on their backs, letting… Read more »
Nikki Miller
Guest
I love her bravery, at the end of the day art is meant to be controversial and a platform that challenged the “status quo.” I support freedoms of expression that ignites critical thinking and dialogue. So many of us are so wrapped up in superficial bullsh*t and being prim and proper aka “plastic.” This woman is an ARTIST and art isn’t meant to be censored or packaged in a way that’s neat and easy for everyone to stomach. Art is provocative and uncomfortable and in your face! Thank God for people like her who still have a damn pulse and… Read more »
A.
Guest

What’s uncomfortable about her pictures?

jaskjk
Guest

Well if you think about the history of selling slaves, they were usually naked to show their strength or childbearing ability or other $ making issues. Being naked ABSOLUTELY means something here.

jaskjk
Guest

Shame on you

jaskjk
Guest

Wow, you are clueless as to the real point in this. Shame on you.l

jaskjk
Guest

You are an idiot, you just proved it to the world.

jaskjk
Guest

And you look like an uneducated fool

jaskjk
Guest

Please stop proving your ignorance!!!

Sherrell Phillips Lopez
Guest
Sherrell Phillips Lopez
I actually think the message is powerful BUT in this day and age being 2015, most people will not pick up the message as it was intended to be, they will focus on the visionary being the (her) body issues and the (so-called) issues “they” have with why and how she exposed her body. In those days, bought and sold slaves did NOT have a choice as to whether they wanted to be fully exposed or not.…it was forced upon them to be naked and I believe everybody (today) KNOWS that. I don’t think she needed to ‘recreate’ that visionary… Read more »
Camille
Guest
You can be knowledgeable about both histories. I’m not ashamed to have ancestors that were slaves. I’m proud to be their descendant. We need to do a much better job of honoring and remembering them as they truly were. White history keeps them largely nameless and faceless on purpose and when we “put it behind us and move on”, we are desecrating their memory like we’re supposed to do. Taking an AA history class was life changing for me. I actually find black people who are the least informed to suffer from slave mentality the most.
Candice White
Guest

You are the one who is ignorant I may not agree with her but she has the right to do this.

Anna Johnson
Guest

You loo fat yourself , so you’re you to call someone fat????

Anna Johnson
Guest

@Stormy Gabriel … You look fat yourself, so who are you to call someone fat ??????

Anonymous
Guest

Very artistic, brave. For some reason this work reasonated with me. You can see in her face strength and struggle, and the images around her deliver so much. Good stuff.

Edges_N_Paris
Guest
Can I just say that I am so proud of my sisters on here giving these trolls the BUSINESS! I am proud that we are not afraid to call people to task when they step out of line with demeaning comments towards our sister in this photo. My sisters on this thread are on code and that is needed to fight this war that we’re fighting. Frankly the nudity thing isn’t for me either, but what I won’t do is come for this sister’s size nor her looks. To do that, I as a Black woman would be off code,… Read more »
Adriannan Nonyo
Guest

Yeah, getting buck naked is totally “fighting”.

Edges_N_Paris
Guest

Either you didn’t read my comment or your comprehension skills are subpar. Reread my comment and try again.

?Festivus ?Poledancer?
Guest
?Festivus ?Poledancer?

What I hear you saying is that she doesn’t have dignity by doing this. Welcome to the point, you slammed into it without noticing.

Adriannan Nonyo
Guest

All I saw is a buck naked woman. I didnt want to read the story, in a
matter of fact I didn’t. I read someones elses post with pictures of
africans in chains, THAT is the only reason why I know what this is
about.
Black Girl Long Hair — I have no idea why you removed this comment, I wasn’t lying, everything I said was true and yet you removed it. Thats bad for moderation and it runs people away from your website.

Joseph Martin
Guest

1 million to 1.25 million white Christian Europeans were enslaved in North Africa, from the beginning of the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, by slave traders from Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli alone”
Davis, Robert. Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast and Italy, 1500–1800

Kafiah Winston
Guest

not enslaved.. in servitude there is a difference

Joseph Martin
Guest

Well.… Europeans were kidnapped by North African corsairs at sea. They were also taken from raids on coastal villages. These kidnapped Europeans were taken to North African and became someone else’s property. They were forced to work for that other person for no pay. They were frequently kept in chains and beaten. They had no say about their own lives. In rare instances they were ransomed but they usually died in captivity. I think that meets the definition of slavery. If I’m missing something please let me know. Thanks!
Here’s a link to the BBC website with more info.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/white_slaves_01.shtml

kalexa1
Guest

It’s not a competition; stop trying to justify yourself.

A.
Guest
I wonder if she had a pornographic-type body, if these pictures would have been posted here or if, only because she’s obese, it’s “art”. Sometimes I wonder about the overuse of female nudity in art and how much of female nudity really is art, since we see it every day in countless ways. Does being naked in public say something special? What does it say? My knee jerk reaction is: “I’m a female and have to get naked to be noticed”. That’s not to say it isn’t good art or I don’t approve. Female nudity isn’t shocking anymore. Maybe obesity… Read more »
Cleogrrl
Guest

Wow, you just simply do not comprehend her work.

Jayjay
Guest

These pictures are beautiful. I think it would be better if she didn’t wear shoes, though. I think it would have hit me harder if she was barefoot.

Gertie48
Guest

Glorious!! Amazing, I love it.. just so Beautiful!!!

$37598105
Guest

How about your take your, and stop being ignorant.

ChooseyNKC
Guest

If you are embarrassed by this article then you should also be embarrassed about slavery and how inhumane it was. What you see is what blacks got during slavery. Butt naked and striped of ones humanity.

$37598105
Guest

Oh please, stop being ignorant.

Cleogrrl
Guest

She’s an American, commenting on American slavery.

Sirius Jones
Guest

When and where was this poor woman enslaved? It’s quite brave of her to stand up to her captors, but the government needs to know where the slave operations are in New York right now so they can put an end to it. If there’s some Somali pirates or something over there we should really know about it.

motorfingaz
Guest

Shut up fool

Jordan Wilson
Guest

She’s making a statement about the history of her community and pointing out that slavery’s legacy continues today in the form of white supremacy.

eljjai
Guest
I never approve of nudity in publiv for any reason. Also nudity has been overdone.Everybody and their grandmother has gotten naked to prove a point. It’s lost its impact. Yes slaves were sold naked but was there no other more creative way to express that vulnerability? Think outside the box: “they were naked so I’ll be naked”- is a very short thought process. I also think conversations about slavery is all we ever seem to have nowadays. Is there no other worthwhile topic? how about more on the civil rights era. more on the uplifting people who helped end slavery… Read more »
Sirius Jones
Guest

An activist set himself on fire not too long ago. That gained a lot of attention, so I think that might be a good idea to raise awareness and make a point.

ItsTrue
Guest

it made a deep enough impact on you to write a paragraph about it…

dancingdelilah
Guest

The only thing I got out of this “Art” display is a laugh! She looks completely ridiculous parading around buck naked wearing only white shoes!
And the white shoes are supossed to somehow symbolize white supremacy????

Some people will do anything to achieve their 15 minutes of fame!

Ja
Guest

It would mean white supremacy if she had a white hat on. She’s walking on white shoes, can’t you see?

MandyDoll
Guest

I really wish this wasn’t happening.

Cozza Frenzzy
Guest

yeah but only black lives matter.… so peddle that bs somewhere else..

Joseph Martin
Guest

I thought you were being sarcastic. You DO believe that “only Black lives matter?” I find your candor refreshing. If I’ve misunderstood I apologize.

UDownWithTPP
Guest

Your calling viewing her pics an atrocity? Real nice 🙁

UDownWithTPP
Guest

Where are all the bruthas? LOL–most comments are from women.

kalexa1
Guest

Er, last time I saw, they were off/busy pursuing their white gods.

Toya
Guest

The whole point of her doing the photos was for the images to stick and be around for people to see.

Emine Dilek
Guest

During Trans-Atlantic slave trade, over 12.5 million blacks were shipped. 2.5 million died on the way. I don’t know what you are trying to prove.

Joseph Martin
Guest
I’m just pointing out interesting historical facts. Slavery was horrible and thankfully it was abolished. What Europeans did to Sub-Saharan Africans was ten times worse (literally) than what was done by North Africans to Europeans. But was that because the Europeans were ten times more wicked than Africans? Maybe they were just more organized and effective in their slave trade. You see, I was taught by my schools and the popular culture to believe that White people and White Americans in particular are uniquely cruel and selfish. It is only in recent years that I discovered that this is not… Read more »
kalexa1
Guest

Perhaps you need to walk a mile or two in a black person’s shoes to understand the insidious nature of the cruelty they and their ancestors have experienced. Stop trying to level the playing field — it really isn’t ever going to be level.

arnibah
Guest

Wrong.Over 100 million died on the way!

Kina
Guest

Amazing!

You get to reflect on your ancestors why can we do the same? You were curious about it so you stopped and read. Dont be rude or ridiculous.

Peace and blessings!

s. cupcake
Guest

what. in what world is white on white crime just as high. blacks are 13 percent of the population and commit 50 percent of all crime.

Kiwi-Pete S. Thompson
Guest
Kiwi-Pete S. Thompson

She needs to got to the most recent one… Algiers 1908… Where the Muslims sold off the last of the 12 million Europeans descended from Muslim African Barbary pirate’s slaves… Or to Mauritania where Africans continue to buy and sell other Africans…

debra waters
Guest

American Slavery is the topic, not what Muslims, Hitler, British, Germany, or any other country did. What was done in this country is the issue.

audacityscape
Guest

No “liberal”? So you hear conservatives complaining about it?

?Festivus ?Poledancer?
Guest
?Festivus ?Poledancer?

You’re attempting to distract from the ongoing legacy and telling people what they should prioritize in their activism, or else their activism isn’t legitimate? Yeah, you’re a fucking dope.

Lisabeth Hanscom
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Seriously, what is up with saying “This is worse, so that isn’t a problem at ALL?”

Keiko
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The point isn’t to call attention to obesity nor female nudity, it’s to call attention to THE SLAVES. THE SLAVES were stripped of their clothing, and their DIGNITY.

Tina
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I think we should focus more on restoring our dignity as women. This is not the way. We really need to get out of a past, keep our clothes on, and move through life with intellect and grace a lot more.

Cleogrrl
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You really do not comprehend her work, dude.

Ja
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Try it

Ja
Guest

That’s the statement she’s making. You can’t fetishize her body and that’s why you feel disgusted. Protest art is working here

Ja
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This article is too much for the audience of this page, at least low class comments here can attest to my claim

Amanda
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Because this is art. No one gives a shit about your sagging balls and whatever hardships they’ve had to face being attached to an ignorant dick like you.

Kristina Pereira
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The fact that she kept on the white heels lol…I adore this. You get’ em, girl!

Otuogbodor,Okeibunor
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This very courageous , it’s art to be celebrated. Real Art !

christina.bo
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I think she shouldnt publically pose nude with a body like this because it is setting a bad example (i.g. being overweight, not eating healthy and not working out is normal for (black) women). Also she is confirming the negative stereotype of the obese black woman…

Giselle Fauquet
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yawn

zeldafitzgerald
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This means so much to me. My ancestor was a freed slave who somehow ended up in Australia and flourishing. Thank you

Julia Park Tracey
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Right on, woman. You go! #patriarchy #feminism

BubzLife Starlight
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Don’t drag your stupid white feminism into our black movements. Your feminism ignore WoC. What makes you think we want anything to do with it. No this is WOMANISM!

jill
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what the fuck is wrong with you.…

FreeTea
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She’s overreacting to something that is a real issue for black women: the complete ignorance of the issues we face that are the result of intersection of race, sex, and gender. Mainstream feminism tends to ignore Black women. Sometimes, it even antagonizes and degrades us further.

However, that reaction was a bit harsh.

Varah Potter
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Well said.

roo08
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The way you worded your comment was unnecessary. I’m glad the person who replied you gave a calm, concise reply.

Khadijah Haseeb
Guest

Your language usage is poor, and unfortunate, but I agree with the sentiment.

Dragonfly
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Just because she is white does not preclude her from appreciating the nature and power of this — or any — art, and her support of it. Isn’t that the purpose of the piece? To reach EVERY ONE. If it was only meant for black eyes, the point of the series would be lost. It’s meant to open EYES — ALL of them — especially white eyes to the black and female black condition and history. The fact that white people are the ones most likely to be unaware of past and present oppression should make her support even more… Read more »
Khadijah Haseeb
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Your usage of “we” is offensive. You certainly don’t represent me, or my opinions. Take responsibility for your own reactions, hatred and aggression. Check your pronouns. Use “I.”

Khadijah Haseeb
Guest

I wrote quite a long piece in your defense, and that of white feminists everywhere, but to my horror, it was deleted when I tried to post it.

At any rate, thank you for your support. I was appalled to see you attacked in such a manner. If feminists of ALL creeds and colors do not unite, we will never overcome patriarchy.

FreeTea
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Thank you for posting this scholarly article. I’m definitely using it.