Presented by AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIC ARISTS
The self publication is a photographic book series full of personal essays designed to uplift and combat the harsh stereotypes associated with members of the black community. The solo project was created in 2016 as a multimedia artist, Nitashia used her design and photography skills to bring this project to life. To complement the printed work, a filmed video for the project titled “Little Black Girl” and other videos are also available. She also created the project to analyze the role of media representation and to expose colorism. According to studies, some stereotypes have been activated so frequently (for example, through media exposure) that associated responses can begin to occur unconsciously. Regardless of whether individuals choose to accept a stereotype, if they simply do not consciously recognize and analyze the representations being offered, then such images can influence the ways that they perceive and interact with the groups being stereotyped—for instance, African American women.