Photo Commentary

Ayana Vellisia Jackson’s work titled Leapfrog (a bit of the other) Grand Matron Army ‘presents the female body in conversation with archetype, childsplay, allegory and myth. It is a series of nine self-portraits of the artist crouching like a frog and dressed up in different attires to represent how the role of black women in America has evolved over time. From the postcolonial house servants, the Harlem Renaissance right down the current space whereby ‘women can navigate space in equal terms’. Her work ‘deconstructs the black female body and interrogates class in the black community’. 

The pose is ‘seductive sexual and submissive’ but at the same time it conveys a feeling of ‘power’ because one can jump higher from such a position. 


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