In the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, artist and curator Ruby Holland decided to create Area Noir, a digital gallery giving Black culture space in the luxury art world. Here are the gallery’s most beautiful images of Black womanhood.
The art world has notoriously been centred around the white, rich and privileged. But things are changing. Challenging all the assumptions of the high-brow art market, Ruby Holland founded Area Noir to provide a space where people could immerse themselves in Black art, culture and voices.
The London-based online independent gallery is a place in the luxury art industry where people can buy and discover art by exciting new emerging Black and brown artists from around the world. It displays work from 20 artists, each hand-selected by Holland, who explore feelings of identity, Afrocentrism, belonging and surrealism.
“There are no words to explain why it is so crucial to see our stories, our authentic art, delivered by our hands and our voices,” says Holland. “It is time we did the same without having to excuse or explain ourselves […] We deserve to be seen, heard and upheld everywhere.”
Here is a selection of some of the beautiful and moving work from Black female artists you can view and buy at Area Noir.
Images: Manue AG, Nadia Wamunyu, Attabeira German and Patti Endo, all courtesy of Area Noir