Photography: Jik-Reuben, the Visual Ninja

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Afropunk magazine recently featured Jamaican photographer Jik-Reuben and a recent series, “The Strip Down: A Davianne T Project.” In this series, women’s health, physical pain, and abuse survivors “take center stage.” Hari Ziyad reports:

Jik-Reuben is a Kingston, Jamaica-based photographer/videographer and self-described “Visual Ninja.” He began capturing subjects in 2014 in order to center the voices and stories of Black women in Jamaica and challenge the overrarching narratives that sent them the message that they are not enough.

His latest project is divided into two parts, focusing on women’s health in the face of gendered violence, and femininity. The first part features model Davianne Tucker covered in purple glitter, some of it scattered like bruising, representing women who have been sexually abused or who deal with mental abuse, self doubt and/or lack of self love. The second features the same woman in front of a blue background, giving a much more joyous energy. It brings awareness to Endometriosis, Fibroids and Dysmenorrhea, dealing with the PMS and the pains people with uteri endure monthly.

For original article and full photo gallery, see http://afropunk.com/2017/12/womens-health-abuse-survivors-take-center-stage-new-photo-project-jamaican-photographer/

See more of Jik-Reuben’s work at http://www.jikreubenvisuals.com/work

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