Oreo Lust, 2018 and My Black Friend, 2018
I am often the only black person in a room. For a long-time this has not been an issue for me. However, it has become clear, through recent experiences of dating, that there are people whose interest in me is based purely on my race, their preconceived notion of blackness and associated cultural caché I represent for them. These experiences made me feel reduced to a stereotype, a product, a toy, a being to be collected. My work explores this common aspect of diasporic experience and the dehumanising nature of tokenism implied. Using self-portraiture and drawing inspiration from my personal history I explore the thin line between cultural relativism, racial fetishisation and subjugation of black experience in contemporary culture.
Alice Armfield • Eleanor Carver • Hannah Collins • Remi Frederick • Sophie Jarrett • Nemo Macharia • Martyna Madej • Iliyan Marinov • JJ Potter • Max Smith •