Jul 20
Sep 24

Black Venus at Somerset House

Black Venus examines the historical representation and shifting legacy of Black women in visual culture, bringing together the work of over 20 Black women and non-binary artists.

Over 40 contemporary and primarily photographic artworks are paired with a selection of archival imagery, dated between 1793 to 1930, illustrating historical depictions of Black women and the caricaturing of the Black body. The exhibition looks at the complex narratives of Black womanhood through the influences of three perceived archetypes: the Hottentot Venus, the Sable Venus, and the Jezebel. Through the use of these three thematic pillars, Black Venus examines the shifting image of the Black woman in visual culture.

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