COUNTERFACE; A surface that comes into contact with another in a frictional environment.
What if I look Black but am not of African descent? What does it mean if I identify with Black culture and ‘look Black’ but am not of African descent? What if I identify with the word Brown but not the word Black, however, I do identify with Black culture? If I identify with Black culture, and I look Black but am not of African descent is it possible that I can: 1. Appropriate Black culture?
2. Receive leniency for appropriating Black culture because I look Black?
Counterface shows four women, who on the surface would be classified as Black. Set in a Grocery Store, it shows four women interacting with objects of Black culture that are both Ancient, Current and an amalgamation of both - Weave/Hair extensions, Fenty X Puma Slides, Dutch/African Wax Fabrics, Gold jewellery. Angela Sullen is an African American Cherokee Italian woman; Ayeesha Ash is an Maori Grenadian woman; Emele Ugavule is a Tokelauan Fijian woman and Meklit Kibret is an Ethiopian woman. This represents the way we as Women of Colour who are not Indigenous to Australia and are from different diasporas choose to engage with, purchase or wear parts of Black culture that we identify with and how we celebrate ourselves by celebrating cultural likeness and larger more visible diasporas.