BLK&GLD is a series of black and white portraits of my family members. Each photograph was taken after a lengthy conversation about their individual experiences with racism. I didn’t want to give the impression that they were haunted or held back by these specific moments. Rather, I wanted to show how they moved on and grew to become stronger and wiser. To visually portray this growth I utilized kintsugi—a Japanese art practice of mending pottery with gold to convey its history and increase its beauty—to represent the various racial experiences each family member spoke of. I manually tore the physical prints by hand—so that no tear would be the same—glued the pieces back together, and layered gold leaf on top. This experience has not only allowed me to grow closer to my family but has reaffirmed my belief that it takes a lot more than hatred, bigotry, and ignorance to break human spirit or take away value.

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