A Poetic Lesson on Black Anatomy

Denisse Ariana Pérez reimagines the anatomy of the Black body through poetic words and images in a captivating film that celebrates all that Blackness is and can be.

Words and Film by Denisse Ariana Pérez

Blackness is hard to summarise. It has many meanings, nuances, and tones. Blackness is intrinsically poetic and diasporic. It is always shifting and transforming, it is never static, and never one-sided.

I grew up in spaces where Black bodies were not considered beautiful or worthy enough to be celebrated—a notion my work rebels against. “A Poetic Lesson on Black Anatomy” intends to serve as a new glossary to describe the Black Body through poetic imagery and words. It is an invitation for self-exploration and self-determination; a giant leap from the days when Black bodies were placed on podiums to be observed, experimented on, and analyzed by the gaze of colonizers. Rather, the film is an anatomical exploration from a place of self-determination, where the subjects themselves are empowered to explore their bodies for no other purpose than for their own contemplation. 

This body of work is an ode to Blackness, and specifically to Black Anatomy. Black bodies take so many different shapes, shades, and forms, and yet they all share mystical, ancestral poetry. Throughout the course of modern history,  Black bodies have been reduced to stereotypes, but they are much more complex than superficial generalizations. 

“A Poetic Lesson on Black Anatomy” is an homage to multifacetedness and complexity. No two Black bodies have the same experience or appearance. This project is an invitation to celebrate all that a Black body is and can be.


Makeda (Meme Gold) Carayol 

Luiz Felipe Lucas 

Jorel E. Panterino

Estefanía Mendes 

Rosana Ehizele Ozgul


Cinematographer Alvar Riu Dolz

First Camera Assistant Lucía Ajúria 

Second Camera Assistant Marc Villafranca 

Photography Assistant José Lorrue

Asisstant Director Nora Navarro 

Gaffer Jan Haase 

Spark Romá Cots Cole 

Key Grip Marc Ros 

Grip Juan Ignasi Prátola 

Set Designer Cristina Ramos

Props Pedro Ramos

Sound Tech David Gascón (114 Studio)

Stylist Stephania Yepes 

MUAH Itziar Lorente

Post Production

Film Editor Aleix Rodón

Colorist Martí Somoza 

Sound Design David Gascón (114 Studio)

Production by FALCA

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