30 Women Creators We Love Part IV #30WCR8 Thursday 05 June, 2014

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We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful work created by some of our favorite women creators. Today our friends at The Nu Black continue with 5 more women artists they love. See three amazing women below and view their full selection here. LAYLAH AMATULLA BARRAYN Photographer and Brooklynite Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s striking work comes from her passion for […]

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We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful work created by some of our favorite women creators. Today our friends at The Nu Black continue with 5 more women artists they love. See three amazing women below and view their full selection here.

LAYLAH AMATULLA BARRAYN

Photographer and Brooklynite Laylah Amatullah Barrayn’s striking work comes from her passion for documentary style work infused with portraiture to create images and present them for the world to engage with. Her fourth solo show entitled ‘You May Sit Beside Me: Visual Narratives of Black Women and Queer Identities’ looks at identity and the complexities within the LGBTQ community with a focus on Black women who identify as queer.

A seasoned world traveller, Barrayan’s next project will consist of a series documenting the Mourides of Senegal, specifically the Baye Fall and their aesthetics. The Mourides who are Muslims, embrace a sufi perspective and have a very distinct practice of the religion which is based on their spiritual leader, Ibrahima Fall.

“I’m inspired by freedom and the need to always want to highlight the beauty of being free and our right to that fantastic feeling. I’m inspired by issues of social justice and change. I like to educate and disseminate information through images. I love to tell the stories of the individuals of African descent. As we thrive and survive throughout the diaspora, I feel the world needs to know about our journey.”

ANGÉLICA DASS

Brazilian born photographer Angélica Dass is most well known for her project Humanae which she created soon after completing a Masters in Photography in 2009. The Humanæ project is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11×11 pixels of the subjet’s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones. Dass created the collection of photographs to highlight the world’s subtle-continuous tones that make us more equal than different.

To date the photographs for the project which is volunteer led have been taken in Madrid, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Chicago. The collection of 2,000 images have been featured in favelas, art galleries and also the headquarters of UNESCO. Dass’s next will be a journey from the beauty salon in the photographer’s hometown in Brazil, at age six, to the present Latin and African hairdressers in Madrid, searching for expectations, patterns and realities between the countries.

“I understand photography to be a dialogue from personal to global; like a game in which the personal and social codes are put at stake to be reinvented, a continuous flow between the photographer and the photographed, a bridge between masks and identities. For this reason, I use my work as a tool for exploration, questioning and searching for identity for myself and others.”

KAY DAVIS

Currently completing a Textiles degree at the prestigious Central St Martins School of Art, London based artist Kay Davis is an artist whose work and personal style exude a form of exciting self expression we love. Her work which ranges from vibrant knitwear pieces to photography and dreamlike paintings.

“Time is important to me. I often find it hard to let go of my childhood and nostalgia plays a big part in my life. It also contributes to the way I see colour. As we get older it’s as if we get scared of enjoying colour and tone down, not for our selves but to comfort others. I like to remind people to not let go of that inner kid and I like to push that into my work.”

Written by Gabrielle Smith

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