In 2010 Moya Bailey conceived the term misogynoir, defining it as a ‘particular brand of hatred directed at black women in American visual and popular culture’.
In our society and in our media, black women across the world are represented in a way which undermines and diminishes them. And yet in spite of this, their beauty is undeniable.
To be a black woman is in no way one-dimensional. These artists have been chosen for the way they explore and celebrate the multi-layered essence and diverse beauty of women. Enjoy.
Massogona Sylla uses her art to challenge the portrayal of women’s role in society and the media.
Check out more artwork at massogona-sylla.com
Alexander’s pieces titled States of Humanity take us on a kaleidoscopic journey into the human form. The raw humanity of being a women is reflected using his manifold approach to art.
Check out his Instagram at @xxi_lexistential
Watercolour artist Debra Cartwright’s work pops with energy. ‘My first love is modern art. I seek to combine my love for conversation, expression, and minimalism in all my projects.’
Check out more artwork at debracartwright.com
‘For me being a woman means navigating the world as a responsible human being with a feminine spirit.’ Dawn Okoro paints strong, vibrant and sexy black figures on her rich canvasses.
Check out more artwork at dawnokoro.com
‘The society most of us (regardless of where we come from, it seems) are brought up in, focuses solely on outer beauty and generally a Eurocentric or white model as the epitome of beauty.
‘Of course changing these current standards must take place in order to break down those boundaries and I can only hope that my art can and will encourage such changes.’ Sara Golish’s Afro-futurist work launches you into an alternate, yet familiar world.
Check out more artwork at saragolish.com