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because of the color of his skin, and the atrocities that were committed upon his ancestors all reside in me somewhere.”

In her photography and artist books, in her use of archival photography and emphemera, Amanda Chestnut’s narrative of race and gender conveys the emotion and the lasting impact of both personal experience and historic events.

“I spent many years allowing myself to be defined by my hair. This single feature, more than any other part of my body, has been used by others to measure how black I am, how white I am, how smart I am, how much money I have, and how much I am worth as an individual. I can’t help but explore why hair means so much.”

While many of the experiences that drive her work are deeply personal, in sharing them she has learned she is not alone. “This gives me strength to continue carrying this historical burden.”