The exhibition explores intersecting ideas of race, myth, art, and justice through the lens and unique interpretations of twelve inter-generational photographers. Via innovative contemporary art practices, the photographers engage with the premise of “race” as a social construct rooted in myth, while simultaneously interrogating its profound implications and indignities on our 21st-century lives.
With roots in the United States and throughout Africa and the Caribbean—including Guyana, Jamaica, Nevis, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, and Sierra Leone—the photographers draw from an African Diasporic worldview steeped in their personal experiences as well as larger geographical political histories. Collectively, their images offer a poignant and provocative portrait of the ways the mythology of race and the pursuit of justice continue to permeate the global African experience.
Oneka LaBennett’s essay, “Caribbean Girlhood, Perennial Survivors, and Shifting Shorelines,” a reflection on Deborah Jack’s work, appears in the exhibition, which will be on view at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) until June 15, 2019.
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