Erica Deeman’s monumental portrait series Silhouettes declares a powerful visualization of diasporic African women. Working in color but with a minimal palette reminiscent of classic black and white photography, Deeman elevates the formal grace of her subjects to the scale of modern day icons. The reverence of her portraits takes on particular poignancy amidst the current climate of brewing racial and social tensions. Deeman, born in the UK and currently living in San Francisco, has seen her work receive a flurry of attention over the past year. In 2015, several Silhouettes portraits were selected by SF Camerawork for their juried exhibition HEAT.