In “Sambo Princess,” Detroit artist challenges African-American stereotypes in anime and other media
Detroit artist Paul Johnson has produced a lot of work that explores the female form — a curvy, tiny-waisted, large-and-drooping-eyed figure.
His newest exhibition takes that female figure in the direction of anime as he zeroes in on the way African Americans are often depicted in anime and other media.
Johnson joined Stateside to discuss the collection. Listen above to hear where his inspiration for this figure comes from, how the history of African American minstrel depictions fit into his work, and what he hopes visitors will take away.
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