Love and Justice: A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty
by Laetitia Ky
Publication Date: Apr 05, 2022
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Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Imprint: PA Press
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Parent Company: The McEvoy Group
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The deeply personal story of artist, activist, and influencer Laetitia Ky, told through the powerful sculptures she creates with her own hair that embrace Black culture and beauty, the fight for social justice, and the journey toward self-love.
Laetitia Ky is a one-of-a-kind artist, activist, and creative voice based in Ivory Coast, West Africa. With the help of extensions, wool, wire, and thread, Ky sculpts her hair into unique and compelling art pieces that shine a light on, and ignite conversation around, social justice. Her bold and intimate storytelling, which she openly shares with her extensive social media audience, covers issues like:
• Sexism and internalized misogyny
• Racial oppression
• Reproductive rights and consent
• Harmful beauty standards
• Shame and its corrosive effect on mental health
• And more
Love and Justice is equal parts memoir, artwork, and feminist manifesto. Ky’s striking words, combined with 135 remarkable photographs, offer empowerment and inspiration. She emerges from her exploration of justice and equality with a message of self-love, showing readers the path to loving themselves and their bodies, expressing their voices, and feeling more confident.
Through this celebration of women’s empowerment, Ky extends a generous invitation to love ourselves, embrace our unique beauty, and to work toward a more just world.
Praise For Love and Justice: A Journey of Empowerment, Activism, and Embracing Black Beauty…
“There is no subject that Laetitia Ky can’t address in her art with openness and insightfulness. What she creates with her hair and body brings beauty to the universal freights that plague women of color. I found it impossible not to fall for her striking beauty along with her gorgeous heart.”
—Gabourey Sidibe, actress and author of This is Just My Face,
“Ky frames her sculptural work within personal narratives that dig into issues of mental health, internalized misogyny, African heritage, sexism, self-care, Black beauty and other themes close to her heart. As a member of a new global guard of young creatives who refuse to separate their work from their beliefs and values, Ky is poised to become a strong role model for young people finding their way in the world.”
“A stunning collection of urgent, intimate essays paired with powerful, annotated photos of Ky wearing her hair sculptures, often in lush outdoor Ivorian settings. Seamlessly marrying style and substance, the sculptures and essays reveal the author’s journey of self-acceptance, raise awareness of a wide range of social issues, and celebrate African aesthetic and spiritual traditions....Come for the beautiful art as activism, stay for the deeply personal memoir and rich cultural history.”
—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW)
“Artist, activist and influencer Ky is known for sculpting her own hair to create powerful and joyful artwork that embraces the beauty of Black hair and style. In her first book she showcases 125 photographs of her creations, interwoven with stories about her Ivory Coast childhood and more.”
—The Bookseller (UK),