BFA Thesis: First to Die

This thesis calls attention to Black racial tropes in horror and to how these constructions reflect societal beliefs and impact cultural identity. Through literary and cinematic reference I intend to point out race and racism where it is at first not obvious, re-framing a discussion of film from one that does not acknowledge race to one that centers race.

Within the installation, the ‘infinite’ script compiles the last words of Black characters in horror films (from "Aaauugghhh!" to "Go! Just go!"), while the series of dolls I created from used and found objects represents the various Black tropes (from The Magical Negro to the Sassy Black Best Friend) found throughout the genre. You can find a more in-depth look at my process and thinking here.

Scope of work: Photography, Print, Editorial, Production + Exhibition Design

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FTD Exhibition
Trope Doll Catalogue
Trope Doll: Voodoo Doer
Trope Doll: The Magical Negro
Trope Doll: The Mammy
Trope Doll: The Voice of Reason
Trope Doll: The Sacrificial Negro
Trope Doll: The Seductress
Trope Doll: The Spook
Trope Doll: The Primitive
Trope Doll: The Tom
Trope Doll: The Brute
Trope Doll: The First to Die
Trope Doll: The Sassy Black Best Friend
Trope Doll: The Big, Black Buck
Trope Doll: The Monster
Trope Doll: The White Savior
Trope Doll Catalogue
Picture Doll Setup
Doll Catalogue Gif
Trope Doll Catalogue
Trope Doll Catalogue
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FTD Book GIF
FTD Book GIF
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FTD Book GIF
FTD Book GIF
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FTD Book GIF
FTD Exhibition
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FTD Infinite Script Detail
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