Nona Faustine was born and raised in New York. Ever since Nona Faustine knew about photography, she fell in love with it. It was a way to bond with family who were either far away or near. She had two photographers in her family and those where her father and her uncle. Being able to have a bond/connection with her family is also what how she became interested in art/photography. But, mainly why she became interested in art is when her parents gave her a series of time life books and that is also where she understood that photography as something that people do. She then became inspired by some of the great known photographers such as Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon but, the artisit that really influeced and ecouraged her was Ernst Haas and that was because based on his photography, that is when she realised that you can create with the camera. Nona Faustine struggled with finding herself in the documentry model that the Lush Time Life books had offered. That was because the history of photography itself celebrated photographers who were either male or all whites in groups. but, later on, she recieved her BFA at the school of Visual Arts in New York City. According to Nona the themes that she touch upon is basically to acknowledged what has happened back then in the times of slavery. to black people and this is her way of saying thank you and being greatful. Nona says " I really see the Statue of Liberty being that symbolic that ties everything together, it got me thinking about freedom in this difficult time in our country, in this time of change, indeed as a welcome sight to millions of immigrants to the United States since it's installment in the New York Harbor in 1886. It represents many many values, freedom, democracy, and multiculturlism that has been thrown uncertainly by this year's polarizing oresidential election". This photograph that I choose was taken to indicate when the slaves were sold. I say that because the color of this image has color to it, it is not in black and white. But, I believe that there is color because its something that Nona not only wants to bring back to life but, to bring into consideration. A way without actually bring slavery back. A painless, ineffective, not burdensome way. This is also because back then during slavery the slave markets whic were the survivors of the Atlantic crossing would of been sold at and in this photo,it shows Nona pushing/posing on the wall to emhasize that. The reason to why she is fully naked in this photo is because in the eighteenth-century posters for slave auctions emphasise the near-nakedness of the slaves. Nona also uses the wall to show how hard slaves had to fight and push themselves in order to call themselves a survivor. Another reason as to why I think that she choose the wall is to show that the things whites were forcing them to do was very very difficult, unbarable, and hard to do. So, the wall is showing that because a wall can't move don't matter how hard you push on it. I think that she choose the building that she is standing in front of because that is probably how the house or building that the whites had lived in looked during slavery.The shape of this photo is just a basic photo. It's not much to say about it, it is a square. The photo was taken with the camera being held straight and thats practically it. These evidence reinforces my theme statement because every little detail of it explained why Nona Faustine decided to choose this place, this pose, and being naked. It also explains that she wanted to basically create a time out of her lifetime to show movement, appretiation and a powerful statement for others. In this photo, Nona Faustine being fully naked and pushing on the wall, is a "very strong, powerful, and effective statement of slavery" (wikipedia.org/Nona_Faustine).
This book was about motherhood. All Jade wants in life is to be as successful as she can be. She seems to believe that removing herself out of her neighboorhood will make/help her do that. Jades mother is a very over protective woman and she knows Jade very well, just like every mother should know their child. This part shows motherhood because Jades mom encourages her to speak for what she beleieves in/wants but, at the same time don't talk too much. She also encourages her to take every chance/shot she gets with new opportunities now she has a better chance to. When Jade wakes up earlier than usual on one Sunday, her mother asked her "where is she going" and when Jade says "with Maxine" and Jades mother says she couldn't go. Jade begged and begged continuously asking her mother why,why can't she go, and her mother kept her answer as "no Jade, you are not going anywhere". When Maxine shows up at the door to pick Jade up, Jades mother says "i'll get it". When she opens the door, she din't give Maxine a chance to speak. She says "Good morning, you must be Maxine, i'm sorry you wasted your time and gas coming over here but, Jade is not coming with you today". Maxine says "oh, i'm sorry to hear that, I was hoping to do an early birthday celebration with her and spend some quality time together, is she okay". Jades mom says "oh,shes fine, i'll appretiate it if you contact me first before you and Jade make plans, Jade is not grown believe it or not she does have a mother, thats me". then, Ms.Butler (Jades mom) says "please let this be the first and last time you try to take my daughter out of my house without my knowing and giving permission". This shows how this book related to motherhood.This also shows that Ms.Butler is a good mother and she just wants the best for Jade. But,with her standing next to Jade,Jade is egured to earn every single thing that she deserves in her life time.
This video relates to motherhood and ancestors. I say that because it was about a girl who has all of these curves and don't matter what she puts on, of course her curves are going to show. From this her mother calls her these mean, terrible names because she feels as though as her daughter goes out in public for the wrong kind of attention and the clothes she wears is part of the attention also. But, little do her mother know or something that her mother should put into consideration is that her daughter didn't ask for that body, or she didn't create/get the body made and she needs to remember that she gave her that same body. Then, again techniqucally her mother didn't give her that body. This is where their ancestors come into the picture. It's something that continuously gets passed down to the family memebers for ages and shouldn't be ashamed of. I believe that girls (black and white) should love their body and acknowledge their body even if there are negative things coming from others even if its your own family. I say that because there are girls out there who do certain things to get the body that they walk around with now, and for you to be born naturally with it, is great. Deep down, you shouldn't let anyone or anything discourage you/shame you from things that you can't fix and exspecially when it's natural.You also shouldn't think it's your fault because it all started off with your ancestors and from there, it's been passed down for ages.
This song relates/connects to my theme which is Motherhood and Ancestors.But, it is mostly about ancestors. I say that because the creater of this song talked about how our great great grandmothers and grandfathers fought slavery and how now they are 'the chosen ones' and that their grandmothers are basically going to be our prove/evidence to that. "You know when our great great grandmothers and grandfathers came here, they found some kind of way to make the rhythm and they kept the rhythm no matter what now, we come here as slaves but, we are going out as wars and they're going to show that we truly are 'the chosen ones'. This also has to do with being black. I say that because some of us blacks well, most of us. We always bring each other down when we really should be lifting each other up and acknowledging these great, wonderful things our ancestors had to go through just so they could make this world a better world. I mean, yes sometimes it may not always have to be like that but, at least we could stop making it a on-going and everyday thing because it's not one day, it is often. Therefore, i just believe that we as black people should be thanking each other and giving each other a chance instead of being judgmental, discrimination each other, and start forgiving and loving each other. At least when it's earned.
This poem was about motherhood and ancestors. I say that because this poem talks about how hard working and strong our grandmothers were back then during slavery. "My grandmothers were strong. They followed plows and bent to toil". This means that durning slavery, our grandmothers would cut, dig, and get down on their knees in order to plants seeds to survive. "They have many clean words to say. My grandmothers were strong". This shows that no matter what our grandmothers had to do back then in order to remain alive, they always kept a good word in their mouth. They never told or said a bad word. This also shows that our grandmothers were strong and probably never thought about giving up.
This book is about motherhood and ancestors. I say that because there is a girl named Effia. Her life is very weird and ocwerd. Her mother put her through a lot of situations. By that, I mean that her mother told Abbeku(the cheef of the village) that Effia wasn't a lady because she didn't have her period. Her father wanted her to marry Abbeku because he was cheef of the village and sadly what her mother had mentioned to him, he didn't want to marry Effia.They called her the devil meaning she was suppose to bleed through her 'area' but, she didn't. They also called Effia a child just because of that. I guess, when you don't have your period/menetration, your considered a child. But, on the other hand, Effia did get her period and she did let her mother know. Her mother just didn't want them to be together. Basically, Effia's life was 'different' as in complicated.