‘Beauty in Color’ Photography Exhibit Puts Pictures to Words

A current photography show in Smith Union’s Lamarche Gallery is the outcome of a discussion among women of color at Bowdoin who gathered recently to speak about what it means, and how it feels, to be in their skin on this campus. Part of the conversation included a photo shoot.

The exhibit’s curator, Raquel Santizo ’19, said in the gallery statement that the discussion and photo shoot grew out of a paper she wrote for a Feminist Theory class. While interviewing students to do research for the paper, Santizo heard “recurring themes about women of color feeling invisible due to not meeting Eurocentric standards of beauty, and feeling fear of fetishization or exoticization.” Read more and see the slideshow.

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