How I created the visualization: When W.E.B. Du Bois showcased various graphs, charts, and photographs depicting the lives of Black Americans at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair – he showed the world a snapshot of what it meant to be Black in America following emancipation. This was, and will always remain, a challenging, complex, and undeniably beautiful premise to capture – as blackness exists as both a collective and individualistic experience. Since Du Bois displayed his collection, numerous artists have taken to endless mediums to capture some of the same stories and realities of Black America.
I have taken a collection of artwork from various classic and contemporary Black artists and used these pieces as the backdrop for a reimagining of Du Bois chart “Income and expenditure of 150 Negro families in Atlanta, Ga.” – which gives the viewer an intimate glimpse into the monetary habits of Black families – in an effort to bring further meaning to the boundless variation of what it means to be Black in America. All work was completed in MS Excel (creating a dataset based off of the original chart) and Tableau (visualizing data).