we speak loudly because we are passionate from time to time you may catch our hands move the strength in our voice does not diminish the beauty side by side with the reality of life - our actions give proof like tidal waves of power our energy holds truth.
we are those women, following the lineage of queens we are all mirror she them they i her told you.
This conceptual piece has evolved into a timeless statement: Archetypes and beliefs, ideas, and images of God are needed for society, community and culture to survive and thrive. With this statement in mind, Sasha and I named this series, ‘The Rights of Passage.’ This is a collaboration; Sasha photographs and captures, and I, Danielle Keenan aka DeLa, design and style personalized adornments for each muse.
Our goal is to bare witness and capture a moment in history happening right now in America, in Oakland, CA, where black, brown and women of color are transforming into their own archetypes. Capturing this raw, bare, nude state became something sacred and precious.
Right now this series features woman and the diaspora. While capturing the beauty of the diaspora a lot of effort was made to ensure we were not appropriating any cultures whether the women strongly identified and knew their heritage or not.
We made sure to ask the women plenty of questions. Some women answered the questions with ease, while had to dig deep. Some woman identified and had knowledge, beliefs systems, and knew their history, their blood line, whereas others knew very little.