13″x19″ paper size
Hand-numbered edition of 250, Unsigned.
Embossed for authenticity by Heliotrope Foundation
We are proud to offer this gorgeous piece from photographer Delphine Diallo’s series, “Highness.” Her series features portraiture of women elaborately adorned in masks, jewelry and headdresses . The subject in “Highness / Hybrid 5” is wearing a stunning braided hair mask created by hair artist Joanne PetitFrère.” She sits poised yet strong. The print is made on textured, matte finish watercolor paper. The rich, warm black and white portrait sings with the intricate details of Petit-Frere’s braided hair piece.
About the Artist:
Born into a French-Senegalese creative family, Delphine Diallo’s first expressions of artistry were in music, graphic design, and artistic direction. However, meeting North-American photographer Peter Beard (1938-2020) radically changed the course of her life enabling her to become a photographer in the full capacity of her agentivity and teaching her invaluable practical lessons. An observer of photography’s traditional gaze on women’s bodies, Diallo made it her mission to become a key actor in the deconstruction of its sexist and racist legacy. Since 2014, Diallo has been creating a visual language that would empower herself and the women who would become her protagonists and heroines. Diallo started by portraying friends and family members and turned them into goddesses—a way to honor what she names the “divine female body”. Her vision and mission for what these women are and should be would then take form thanks to body paint, jewelry, and various attires. Aware of the responsibility that comes with representing others, Diallo is centering ethics in her practice, creating long-term relationships and collaborations with her sitters. Throughout the years, Diallo developed a photographic expression that plays with spiritual symbols evoking mythology and giving black women their rightful place in the pantheon. Her work aspires to elevate her subjects by creating new legends. More recently, Diallo has been exploring the power and potentialities of self-portraiture, turning mental pictures—or lucid dreams—into carefully crafted mise-en-scène. Working mainly in digital and analogue photography, Diallo has been exploring the ways in which she could make images through an expansion of her tools such as AI, drawings, and found imagery. She is based in New York City.