At first sight, the staged series’ seemingly harmonic images of naked bodies attract the attention of the viewer. At closer examination though, it becomes clear that these images refer to elements from the cruel past of Trans-Atlantic slavery.
The series are inspired by iconic images from the history of slavery such as slave ships, the ‘Spaanse Bok’ and hanged corpses of runaway slaves. It also contains less violent imagery such as an image of shoes, a distinctive feature between freed slaves and slaves who were still ‘voluntarily mandatory’ employed.
Models NG and Mohamed Naaleye
Styling Mandy Franca
Photography assistant Sandim Mendes