Angela Davis Johnson
Human bodies are geographies and landscapes of past lives, histories, and truths. I believe the lines in the face, like maps reveal the pathways to land forgotten. “Not be silenced” is a part of BLU BLAK which explores the notion of the body as a blue hole that hides and houses black memories. Ten portraits were created in this body of work titled the Magenta Women. Though they are inspired by living black women creatives from Atlanta, they represent the embodiment of the power, spirit, and presence, of black women throughout time. The Magenta Women also function as a tribute to the Atlanta Washerwomen Strike in 1881, when black women laundresses protested and went on strike for higher wages and respect for their work, paving a path for the ongoing fight for civil and human rights in Atlanta.