North Carolina based artist Endia Deal explores the relationships of minority women within the corporate space.
Her most recent project, “Can I touch it?”, is a photo series depicting white women in their 40s or older with traditionally black hairstyles. The final results show women with cornrows, flat twists, fingerwaves and somewhat apprehensive faces.
“I wanted people that had a certain idea of what you’re supposed to look like in the workspace, because it would be a challenge for them to understand what I experience in that space,” she explained in an interview with Slate.com. Endia, who sports a large, red afro, was interested in pushing the boundaries of what has traditionally been considered “work appropriate” hairstyles.
It’s not Endia’s first piece working with the contrast and curiosity that comes with two such different textured hair styles. Earlier this year, she responded to her coworkers curiosity about her afro by allowing them to touch it, even pull it, and then recorded them talking about their experience.