Veruska Bellistri, Stephanie Muller, Christine Kewitz

RAG DOLLS: BEAUTY & BLACKNESS

2005

Wool, Silk & Cotton Cloth, Plastic Materials

Curator: Queer Cultural Center

Veruska Bellistri, Stephanie Muller, Christine Kewitz

"Rag Dolls – Beauty & Blackness"

Little black girls rarely see their identities validated, recognized or represented anywhere but in the mirror. The purpose of this art installation is to reflect upon this under represented subject and to encourage women from migration to stop hiding their beauty and blackness.

All dolls are named after characters from African American novels who describe what it means to grow up in a white world. Poems, songs and selected passages from Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye and Bell Hook's Bone Black: Memoirs of a Girlhood are presented by the dolls as well as their own personal experiences.