Too Many Blackamoors #9

Photograph by

Heather Agyepong (UK)

About this image

Inspired by the 19th century carte-de-visite of Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta, West African adopted goddaughter of Queen Victoria, the images are based on my own personal experiences as a young black woman, dealing with the macro and micro traumas of racism encountered while travelling around European countries. The format was based around Rosy Martin and Jo Spence’s 'Re-enactment Phototherapy'.

Too Many Blackamoors, aims to challenge the ‘strong, independent, black female' narrative that can burden and often entrap black women, and attempts to illustrate the effects of such perceptual limitations whilst exploring my own internal conflicts of falling short from such mainstream ideals.