As the world remains shocked by the results of the US elections and the overwhelming amount of racism and sexism at play, some groups understand these feelings of disappointment all too well and none more than the black woman.
Having to deal with racism and sexism on a daily basis, black women have managed to fight this hatred with a magical resistance that almost feels superhuman. Now Brazil-based group, Kolor Art Collective are paying homage through provocative and inspiring imagery, to the many black women in Brazil (and in most countries) who deal with so many levels of misgonyoir - from sexual abuse to income inequality.
In the photo series, Girl Power, the Kolor Collective - made up of six artists from three countries (Brazil, France, Hungary) - showcase the unapologetic stance of many black women today - as per, we have no room for toxic white privilege in our lives and we are not afraid to embrace our blackness.
Speaking to Design Indaba, Paul Kurucz, a Franco-Hungarian photographer and Kolor Collective’s founder, said about the reception to the series:
"With a lot of interest, in particular here in Brazil where the topic is extremely real.
"Even more so now that a wave of right wing, conservative, white politicians have taken power in large cities and in the top of the state creating an atmosphere of fear for those classes of the population (including black women) who have been always underrepresented..."
With the imagery in the series being heavily theatrical and utilising 'glam-trash' aesthetics, it is understandable that the photos will be highly subjective, and on this, Paul Kurucz says:
"Our collective's philosophy is always to let the viewers interpret the images in their own way, without interfering in this process. Most of the pictures contain both first and second degree messages that should be understood by all according to their references, views, sensibilities."
To learn more about Kolor Art Collective head to their website.