Over the last several months I have been exploiting a glitch in Snapchat’s face-detection algorithm and applying lenses accordingly. It made for some fun images and performative opportunities, as well as a modern re-imagining of the classical nude.
On January 5th 2017, my birthday, I released the series of nude explorations on a Snapchat Stories, titling it the Ar+ Show. It was up and available to the public for just 24 hours.
This work, like my previous projects, exists to expand the portrayals of marginalized bodies. I’ve frequently explored the depiction of the black woman’s body in art and media. Here, I’ve taken control of my image; I am not a passive feminine object existing to satisfy a male gaze. I look back. I make fun. I depict myself with humor and flattery, offering a glimpse of a carefree black girl having fun with technology.
Read more about this work via The Creators Project.