Privacy of the Black Body

Kalen Smith Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Gautam Rao Butler University
Privacy is something we value greatly- we live for our uniqueness and our individualization. Or, at the very least, we value the ability to embrace our individualization. However, it has been made clear over hundreds of years that people of color, specifically black individuals, have not been offered the same autonomy in the United States.
My body of work will address black bodies being seen as public spaces. This can be exemplified through day to day microaggressions (such as unwanted hair touching, fetishization, and cultural appropriation) and through historical atrocities (such as the story of Saartjie Baartman and the beginnings of modern gynecology). I feel that it is important to focus a piece of work on this topic as this is a way to bring more awareness to historical crimes towards black women, and how we sometimes perpetuate these crimes through acts some might still view as “innocent”. It is important to respect others, and it is important that we extend that respect to black women as well.

Art/Art History
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:45 AM
Lilly Hall 145