The Self Publication—a creative collection of photography and personal essays designed to uplift and combat the harsh stereotypes associated with men and women in the Black Community. The project works as traveling exhibit and video series.
TSP was also created to analyze the role of media representations. According to studies, some stereotypes have been activated so frequently (for example, through media exposure) that associated responses can begin to occur unconsciously. Regardless of whether individuals choose to accept a stereotype, if they simply do not consciously recognize and analyze the representations being offered, then such images can influence the ways that they perceive and interact with the groups being stereotyped—for instance, African American women.
10 percent of all sales will be donated to thesmartproject.org creative after-school program.
IN THE PRESS
One of the most compelling exhibitions of the year — one that is beautiful, educational and profound — by using her talent for photography and by creating opportunities for young black women and men to speak to their own experiences in their own words.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
The Self Publication is a supremely-executed collection of photographs and personal essays that center on images of black millenials with a focus on women. The Self Publication is equal parts education about the personal effects of racism and colorism and inspiration about the transcendence of
Nitashia Johnson is a multimedia artist who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She went on to become an alumna of Texas Woman’s University with a BFA in Design Communication.
She is also an alumna of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art + Design Education program offered at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has gone on to win awards such as the Sony Alpha Female competition and the Juanita J. Craft House Artist residency.
She's an independent designer, photographer, and visual artist who loves to collaborate with fellow artists and work on her creative youth program The Smart Project, Inc. Her goals have always involved using her talents to make others happy and to make positive changes in the world.