About the Exhibition
Am I What You’re Looking For? focuses on young women of color who are transitioning from the academic world to the corporate setting capturing their struggles and uncertainties on how to best present themselves in the professional workspace. As the young women pose in front of an office backdrop in the home, they recall conversations during job interviews. The women explained how employers would tell that their natural hair was unprofessional or their name was too difficult to pronounce, suggesting they alter themselves for the job. This project provides an in-depth investigation into the experiences and fears of being a woman of color in corporate America.
In her project, photographer Endia Beal positioned these women "between the worlds of identity and conformity" – they are anticipating the obstacles they might encounter on their career path because they are African American women who look like African American women. Beal's subjects dress themselves in what they consider to be ideal professional attire, and she asks them mock interview questions.
Photo: © Endia Beal
About Endia Beal
Endia Beal is an artist, educator and activist, who is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary stories of minority women working within the corporate space. As a graduate of the University of North Carolina in 2008, she earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Art History and Studio Art. During her undergraduate studies, she attended the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy focusing on High Renaissance Art History and the romance languages of the Italian culture. In 2013, Beal graduated from Yale School of Art, with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. Endia Beal currently serves as the Director of Diggs Gallery and Assistant Professor of Art at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.
Insights Into the Exhibition "Am I What You’re Looking For?" – Photography by Endia Beal
Exhibition poster "Am I What You’re Looking For?" – Photography by Endia Beal
"I feel that cooperate America is a fallacy; it is not conducive to individual or creative expression which is natural. As an African American woman I would prefer not to be a part of corporate America because of the strain it would place on my own double consciousness. I would much rather invest in an environment where I can be comfortable as my whole self."
"I perceive the corporate space as one unwelcoming to “self” and entirely engrossed with the “norm” that makes me uncomfortable."
Admission is free.
From Sunday, February 3 until Sunday, June 2, 2019.
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p. m.
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