The Evolution Of A Strange Fruit 2018

Handmade collage
The title of my work is called “The Evolution Of A Strange Fruit” its about the experiences and contributions of black women in American society to create a collective understanding of our struggles and perseverance. The goal of this project is to create a bridge between the past and the present using fashion and storytelling to enlighten others about what is often overlooked in a gallery setting. This Project questions not only my own blackness as a woman but the blackness of others who contributed their thoughts and opinions. By listening to the stories of other black women I was able to create a collective understanding of what it means to be a black woman. I am able to glorify our uniqueness as well as redefine our association with being undesired. My collection is preparing the body for the outside world through molding and contouring the natural features of a black woman.

The Evolution Of A Strange Fruit 2018

Handmade collage
To be a woman of color is to constantly be underestimated but desired for all the wrong reasons. No one does not deem us worthy until we are boxed into a perfectly packaged fetish.

As a child, I used to apply skin brightening lotions and I only went natural in hopes of growing my own 3c/3b hair to appear more racially ambiguous. I hated my skin tone and the texture of my hair. Thankfully I’m out of that self-hating place and I have learned to love myself even when I feel self-conscious. It took me a long time to get to this point, but modeling actually helped. I got to see myself grow more comfortable and skilled frame after frame.

The Evolution Of A Strange Fruit 2019

Wooden headpiece
My passion for history particularly American history is what has led me to dig deep into my past and share those experience. I had to understand and come to terms with the history of my people and the effects it has on us today. These garments give voices to people that struggle with the same problems I’ve faced. These stories I tell are placed in specific environment , in hopes of making visible what is often overlooked.

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Lashun Costor

United States

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Lashun Costor artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, her work explores the varying relationships between our ancestors and her. The subject matter of each body of work allows her audience to engage with their curiosity and question the world around them. She communicate through garments to creating an environment for her audience to open their minds and let loose. The work thus far has used the experiences and voices of herself and others to create a complex story that decrypts her ancestors past but also shows how their past intertwines with this new reality. Which showcases the real world we live in with an Afro- futurism gaze, that She feels compelled to bring to life.

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