Ain’t I a woman? Is the title of the speech by the suffrage and abolitionist, Soujourner Truth in 1851. In this visual response, and using imagery influenced by the book ‘Incidents in the life of a Slave girl written by herself’ by Harriet Jacobs. In this piece, I attempt to illustrate the facial expressions, gestures and experiences of this enslaved woman, knowing that I, as she so aptly writes, ‘could never know what it means to be a slave’.

The margins and marginalisation project to bring awareness to the social, cultural and racial stereotypes of black women that are embedded in world history and are a direct result of the transatlantic slave trade.