billie-james installation


"This means, in the case of an American Negro, born in that glittering republic, and the moment you are born, since you don’t know any better, every stick and stone and every face is white.

And since you have not yet seen a mirror, you suppose that you are, too. It comes as a great shock around the age of 5, or 6, or 7, to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance, along with everybody else, has not pledged allegiance to you. . ."

-James Baldwin

Billie-James is a photographic series displaying the artist’s experiences being an African American. Her family lineage has been displayed by incorporating family portraits, racial stereotypes, and acknowledging the beauty of her BLACKNESS. The body of work is a mixture of portraits of the artist’s family, of herself and to showcase Black Pride. While the more negative connotations are placed at a lower position. The issues revolving Billie-James confronts the social systematic oppression towards African Americans. Reece wants to shed light on how racism still exist in society today, not only just in the USA but around the world and it needs to be address.