We were thrilled to come across Christie Neptune's powerful portrait photography, a series called “What Was Taken.” The portraits are emotionally stark, poignant explorations of race, class and gender. They portray women of color in pain and capture raw emotional vulnerability. Neptune calls the accompanying film a “hyper-emotive experimental short that spotlights the mythos of the Strong Black Woman in communities of color.”

Christie Neptune is a cross-disciplinary artist who has created projects in film, photography, mixed media and performance arts. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.

From the artist:
“To be seen through my own eyes,” is an idea that I constantly play with as an African American female artist. In my work, I explore themes around the social constructs of identity and trace how race, class and gender, limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized and stigmatized individuals. I create hyper-emotive counter narratives not only to deconstruct mythos and communal stigmas, but to expand upon the notion of strength in communities of color. How is it possible to be fully human when essential emotions are asked to be hidden? And what are the costs? Through photography, film and mixed media, I wrestle with internalized life experiences to challenge the socio-political systems that shape our psychological self and perception. Collectively, my work illuminates the personal and emotional aftermath of a society that delegitimatizes those that endure the brunt of historically upheld supremacies.

Post by Rachel Cassandra.