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Black Joy as resistance

Melanated Flower, 2022 - Digital Painting by MJ   I recently applied to a call for artists where we were asked to submit a piece of art under the theme : "Black Joy is resistance". It was an opportunity to explore what that means to me and try something a little different, as shown above.  I've always been interested in the arts. Growing up in a Westernized society, the system introduced me to what they deemed as the best classic works of art from artists like : Picasso, Van Gogh, Mucha, Michelangelo, Monet, Da Vinci and Dali. I had my favourites, but the white elephant in museum rooms was the fact that very few of the paintings had people who looked like me, and most of the time when they did, they were depicted in an unfavourable light (eg. Olympia by Edouard Manet). Once again, there was no "role models" to aspire to  for girls who looked like me. I didn't get the privilege to aspire to be like one of the women in paintings who were considered beautiful,

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