“In Soul Black, Nina Franco deconstructs the male gaze of Brazilian women as “carnival sex symbols”. Soul Black shows Brazilian women as a subject and not an object. Even in an era of supposed equal rights, there are still many women who suffer and, if we add racism to that, some women suffer even more.”
Joanna Vasdeki, curator and gallery owner in Athens, Greece.

How is it like to be a Black woman in Brazil?
In this ongoing project, I am interested in deconstructing the sexualization of the Brazilian women, deconstruct the male gaze of Brazilian women as carnival simple sex symbols.
Soul Black offer an artistic contemporary expression that brings together a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Portrait the Brazilian women as a subject and not an object.
There are no fairy tales, only fear & prejudice that are part of our childhood and adult culture.

“Before I was born my mother has heard jokes about my probable beauty, such as, “I think she will look like a little monkey”. Hellen Soares.

“I grew up without realizing that in the private school where I was studying there was only I and another black boy”. Tainá de Almeida.

“The contemporary Brazilian black woman is still stigmatized, marginalized and stereotyped by the hegemonic class”. Letícia Freitas.

“The false equality between races almost always shows disguised in phrases like she is black, but beautiful”. Jupira.

“I was in high school, one day a friend brought a cool toy to school, then she whispered in the ears of other colleagues: “You can see, but does not lend for Gabriella because she is black. How I felt bad among them”. Gabriella do Nascimento.

“It’s not easy being born a woman and black. You have to fight! Be an example for our ancestors”.  Cristina Baptista.

“We did not come from the ghetto, we came from Africa!”. Ainá Garcia.

Soul. Black. 2013
Photography, handwritten letters.
10 images + 10 letters.