Cubist-style painting. Five women stand or sit in front of a background of stylised draperies. A fruit bowl sits at the bottom center of the painting. Each figure is depicted in a stylised, angular manner with disjointed limbs. The overall effect is slightly menacing, but with a light pastel colour palette.

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (1907), Pablo Picasso. The faces of the two women on the right were inspired by African tribal masks.

Content warning for descriptions of racism.

Cultural appropriation is an important concept that has gotten more and more attention in recent years. It occurs when someone, usually a member of a dominant culture, takes on aspects of another culture that has been oppressed by that dominant group.

The person who appropriates often gets cultural or economic capital Рsuch as admiration, money, or artistic inspiration Рfrom it, while the appropriated culture gets mistreated for doing the exact same thing. A common example is the appropriation of black hairstyles by white people. Cultural appropriation can lead to cultures being exploited, misrepresented and erased.

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