Black is the new Black.
Black is The New Black” is a project that invites us to take a look at ourselves, leaving aside the questions raised by colors and cultural symbols. When we wear black, we are all one and the same, as cultural and ethnic differences disappear. This non-color can mask all the clues that can lead to our background so that people will stop judging by what they think they see and start knowing us for who we are.
We all carry with us a past, a struggle, an idea that can be justified, but the means invested in this process pushes people to new realms of reflection. You see, black doesn’t have to be a sober and pessimistic color, as it can be a color with a lot of character, of glamor and confidence. It can indicate attitude and a rebel spirit, but also maturity, responsibility, and balance. It also encourages us to take a closer look on the inside and do a thorough introspection, so we can see our true self and our real wishes for the future.
Black can be the symbol of a new revolution, a revolution in our way of thinking and attitude. In a world governed by stereotypes and patterns, which try to blur our personality and character, it is welcome to have your own ideas and to not be afraid to walk on the path you’ve chosen. Thus, black can be the color that makes us solitary with all the people that are tired of judging and being judged, of the lack of tolerance, mass-manipulation, and suffocated characters.
For this project, I used models that were dressed in black, according to the Black Panther Party style that was highly popular in 1966. At these parties, people had more in common than the color they were wearing. They represented a movement, a social revolution that tried to speak up their mind, something that showed everybody that we are different and that there’s nothing wrong with it.