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she never had a chance

she never had a chance is a installation that features two of the artist's pieces, America's Chocolate Factory and Relaxher, to shed light on the exploitation of Black women in society. Relaxher is the artist's recreation of the "Just For Me No-Lye Hair Relaxer" box that was marketed to young Black girls in the 2000s. Suspended in mid-air, peach ribbons spill from the box and cascade down to intertwine with three pink and blonde ombre wigs on the floor, wigs from the artist's personal experience as an exotic dancer.

The peach ribbons, representing the increased risk of uterine cancer linked to frequent use of hair relaxers, become entangled with the wigs and braided, illustrating the invisible connections between beauty standards, capitalism, and the exploitation of Black women. The installation highlights how the pressure to conform to oppressive beauty ideals leads Black girls to use potentially harmful products from such a young age, grooming them to see themselves as products rather than individuals.

she never had a chance questions the true nature of control and empowerment within the adult entertainment industry and whether the women who find themselves in the midst of it are being entrapped or empowered. The installation prompts viewers to consider how Black girls learn to define themselves and perform for a world that often objectifies and profits from their bodies.

she never had a chance is a commentary on the intersections of race, gender, and capitalism, prompting the audience to reflect on the systemic issues that shape the experiences and choices of Black women navigating a society that exploits their pain for profit.


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