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Title:Black Girl Gaze: Using Photography to Tell a Black Girl's Truth
Author(s):Taaffee, Claudine Olivia
Contributor(s):Brown, Ruth Nicole
Subject(s):Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership
Abstract:In my work with Black girls, we use the camera as a tool for interrogating notions of power, voice and representation as articulated within education and popular culture. How we engage photography interrupts the binary of how photographs are typically used in research. We intentionally blur the lines that are suffocated inside binaries-us/them, the researcher/the researched, the center/the margins, girl/woman, teacher/ student, young/old- in an attempt to decolonize the stereotypes about Black girls. When reading our photographs, we privilege our own gaze in an effort to reclaim our voice, recognizing that what we see and how we talk about it is vital to our survival. In doing this work, we take our place inside a broader legacy of self-determination work engaged by Black women for centuries past and for centuries to come, with our photographs serving as documentation that we were here.
Issue Date:2015-04
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Claudine Candy Taaffe
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-27

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