Elise Peterson’s #blackfolk Series Challenges the Art World’s Whiteness

From Foxy Brown, Grace Jones, Sade and more, Brooklyn-based artist Elise R. Peterson adds photos of prominent black figures to fine art paintings in a collision of creative eras. The collage series, called #blackfolk, is Peterson’s way of opening up a conversation around gender, identity, sexuality, blackness and people who are marginalized. Speaking to the FADER, she explains, “The work […] evolved into not only placing us in these spaces, but of us as black people being put into these white worlds while dominating at the forefront.”