ECSTATIC NUDES : NEW SERIES : WORK IN PROGRESS
I see this images as big as billboards. Filling a wall. Inescapable.
Exploring what it means to reclaim the Black female nude from a place of solidarity, strength and ecstasy. #blackjoy #resistance
Ella Cooper approaches the theme of justice from an embodied elated resistance that draws from Black pleasure politics, Black joy, embodiment and Afro-futurism to create new representations of the Black female nude. She first uses her own racialized body as a site of inquiry to create participatory photo-video projects that include a new series she has coined ‘Ecstatic Nudes’. Working with different groups of Black female identified women, Ella invites people to help her create images that explore what it means to reclaim the Black female body from a place of joy, community, strength and uplifted movement.
Using principles of dance improvisation, ecstatic movement and embodiment Ella invites all nude participants to revel in their Black bodies, to experience a feeling of reverence, playfulness and beauty while being witnessed by the camera.