|Above All. 2016|
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Black women continue this tradition, while sitting in salons for hours, on porches of our houses or on the living room, patiently waiting for the perfect braided style. Even without intent braids are artistic, intriquete and tell stories we all understand. It's never has been and never will be "Just Braids".
|Dorcas, Braids, 2016|
Shani Crowe, an interdisciplinary artist, has taken that communal tradition and spun it into “Braids,” now on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn.
As told to the NY Times
“I wanted to create images that portray black women in a way that would inspire them not to be necessarily pretty, which is what most beauty stuff is about, but to kind of embody that and more within themselves,” Ms. Crowe said. “Everything starts within you and how you feel about yourself. It’s just trying to glorify black women and make them imagine themselves beyond their wildest dreams.”
Check out more photos below, and take a look of her full series on her website ShaniCrowe.com
|Fingerwave Saint, Braids, 2016|
|Suntrust, Braids, 2016|
|Shakere, Braids, 2016|