Black Iconography is series of portraits by the artist Nina Franco that intends to (re)signify the image of people from the Black diaspora.
The images aim to engage in a visual dialogue with the audience about black iconography in order to (re)construct a visual culture, opposing the picturesque images created by the colonial gaze.
In the history of art, bust sculptures are known for portraying gods and goddesses, kings and queens, intellectuals and personalities so as to immortalize the image of those considered of great importance to society.
This series draws us into yet another strand of Nina’s work, by photographing anonymous people from different cultures and countries, and cut them out on bust sculpture shape, Nina wants to challenge the perception of power and bring us the interrogation: Who are those shaping History?
Black Iconography, 2019
Photography, acrylic painting
7 images, 50x70cm