Melanie Issaka

Dark & Lovely

2020
Silver gelatine prints

"Dark & Lovely" explores the idea of "Black aesthetics" and respectability politics, focusing on the shared experience of people of African descent conforming to Eurocentric beauty standards. The series aims to challenge societal expectations and explore the complexities of Black identity and beauty. The collection reflects on the significance of hair, which carries gendered and political implications.

Go West and Grow Up With The Country

2022
Hand printed C-Type Print

Our lives are complex tapestries woven from many overlapping stories. This print presents multiple narratives through a blend of imagery, inviting viewers to contemplate the representation of Black identity and the diverse movements of resistance and migration. It delves into the historical, cultural, and political depictions of the Black female body.