Vanta Black is the darkest material ever made by man. The ominously named coating, which absorbs virtually all light. It looks like someone has cut a hole in the air, leaving only a gaping, empty blackness.
This project was inspired by those in my life that needed to be not only educated about our past but understand that blackness is more than one-dimensional. Much like Vanta Black, our culture and traditions are pure and nothing can or should reflect itself onto it to change it.
After much conversations with my 19 year old nephew, I realized that he had been highly influenced by the media’s perception of black culture. He needed to understand where he came from and why it deserves to be celebrated.
Although I haven’t worked with these photographers, their interpretation of blackness inspired me to create this. In addition, I used some of their photographs in the work. I do not own the photography.
Jalan and Jibril Durimel