Lemia Monet Bodden (US)

Exuberance Is Beauty is a project that centers around me photographing parts of myself (with my cell phone) that I deem not beautiful or ugly and forcing myself to look at them through my aesthetic photographic eye. In doing so, I challenge the marginalization that I feel as an African American woman, putting those “problematic” areas, which I have, for years, measured against my own internalized racism, sexism, and white standards of beauty, front and center for viewing. I embarked on this project as a call unto myself to heal and to look at these elements of myself with acceptance, rather than rejection.