Super Shades

Super Shades


Jelisa Peterson

(Austin, TX) 


So many images we, in advanced economies, see of Africans are based on negative stereotypes of people who are devastated by hunger, disease, conflict and climate change. They show people who come from dangerous places rather than the complex societies we know exist everywhere. This results in a deeply distorted vision of an entire continent of people who come from unique and varied backgrounds and circumstances. I believe these characterizations limit our understanding of the very humanity of African people.

My aim as an artist is to challenge the viewer to be more conscious and discerning of what they see and conclude when consuming images of African people, like the Mozambicans I feature here. My images advance a more positive and hopefully sensitive vision of more than a billion people who are truly worthy of more insightful representation and respect.