• Venus

    no one knows her name.. some all her venus, others call her hottentot, her dutch name was saartjie..  but these names are all a manifestation of the colonial gaze and hiearchical systems of language and knowledge. to this day no on knows: who was she really? beyond the use of her body for display? for science? this series of portraits is my exploration on the image of the venus hottentot. When an online user does an image search of venus hottentot, or sarah baartman,  the online researcher does not see her face until page 2 of the image list. This troubled me and i decided to create an image that elicit the essence of her face, not her body. 2010