Gabriella Angotti-Jones’s I Just Wanna Surf captures the friction of discovering one’s id and local community all through the pandemic and publish-George Floyd era in a activity dominated by white males. Growing up in a person of the only combined-race Black households in a smaller Orange County seashore town, Angotti-Jones demonstrates on how her early romantic relationship with the ocean and Californian surf culture grew to become intertwined with her id as a Black lady.
In a combine of photo book, zine, and diary, Angotti-Jones challenges the classic surfing narrative by documenting Black women of all ages and non-binary surfers living the browsing way of living impressed by 1990s and early 2000s surf culture, even though building it their personal. The pictures juxtapose the pleasure of friendship and the refuge discovered in the the ocean’s wilderness with the fundamental racial tensions at the main of the Black American working experience. With sensitivity and vulnerability, her textual content explores her experience with melancholy and the sense of peace brought by riding waves.
Printed by Mass Publications, I Just Wanna Surf is a joyous, uncooked, intricate and exceptional expansion of the visible historical past of the Black American working experience and its position in a swiftly altering American surf group.