I'm a firm believer that visual imagery is a powerful tool in propagating ideologies, belief systems, fear and the continuation of racism, sexism and homophobia. Visual imagery ALSO has the power to shift perspectives about the status quo, raise consciousness, inspire social action and promote social transformation enacting a more inclusive and unified society. This picture encapsulates all of those negative aforementioned sentiments and it is beyond infuriating that an image such as this would somehow be seen as artistic or fashionable.
This image symbolizes the intersection of racist and sexist objectification, while uplifting (literally) a person of European descent and seemingly upwardly mobile socioeconomic means. The problem here (which is glaringly obvious) is this image tells the story of an era of colonialism in Africa and slavery in the U.S. where European-American/White slave owners used their marginalized counterparts as footstools to rest their bodies.
Are we (the viewer) expected to take this image and what it truly represents lightly? Should we question the intentions of the photographer or model? Is it "harmless art" created to provoke society? What are your thoughts when viewing this image?....SHARE YOUR VOICE!