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Day 6: Willy Ndatira

published on 15 August 2020

For Day 6 of the designer and creative consultant's @SHOWstudio takeover in collaboration with designer Hussein Alusch, Willy Ndatira explored the myriad of ways in which the black body has been represented in photography.

Beginning with an essay in Elephant Magazine deconstructing the gaze of white women artists on black subjects, Ndatira posted imagery by South African photographer Rosalind Fox Solomon and American photographer Jodi Bieber.

Rare magazine and book collector Sean Tay flips through his 1969 copy of Andy Warhol's Index Book, replete with imagery of the Factory, Edie Sedgwick and Nico.

Finally, author Annick de Souzenelle reads an excerpt from her talk Le Féminin Sacré (2010). ‘The feminine pole is a hole, an immense abyss, it is these heavens which are inside us, which are still veiled.’

For Day 6 of the designer and creative consultant's @SHOWstudio takeover in collaboration with designer Hussein Alusch, Willy Ndatira explored the myriad of ways in which the black body has been represented in photography.

Elephant Magazine
New Orleans, Louisiana, by Henry Horenstein, 1985
Maria McCloy by Jodi Beiber, Johannesburg, South Africa,
The White Female Gaze on Black Bodies. Maya Deren.

Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti (1954) is a black-and-white documentary film of approximately 52 minutes. It is about dance and possession in Haitian voodoo that was shot by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren between 1947 and 1954.

Valentine Boxes, Chattanooga, Tenesse, by Rosalind Fox Solomon, 1976
Jodi Bieber - South Africa
Sean Tay rare magazine and book collector, flips through his copy of 1969 Andy Warhol's Index Book. Full of great design and layout ideas.
Andy Warhol Index book, @sean_wd, 1976
Handscape by Kai Wasikowski

Notes on Womanhood by Marion Saurel

"The feminine pole is a hole, an immense abyss, it is these heavens which are inside us, which are still veiled, -the veiled woman, the veiled feminine-, and it is up to each of us to work the male path within us to remove the veils, to marry this feminine from our depths, so as to become being whose consciousness will rise and more."

Annick de Souzenelle. Excerpt from her talk Le Féminin Sacré (The sacred femine) - 2010

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