This series of photographs depicts the common elements associated with black women’s hair. Nayeka’s photographs examine the multiplicity of African –American hair through presenting it in various states whether braided, weaved, straightened, or natural. She’s intrigued by its ability to communicate dual messages about a woman’s relationship to herself and to society at large.
Often, she employs the female figure and feminine objects to render representations of black feminality and explore the changing language of beauty. Through past memories and personal observations, she uses photography to examine how the racialized notion of beauty shape self-perception from a black feminist context.
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