Exploring Racial Identity

Curated by Verity Babbs

Lockdown brought people globally to a stop, and when the murder of George Floyd sparked the largest Black Lives Matters protests seen so far. The isolation of quarantine and the slowed-pace of furlough gave individuals and companies alike the long-overdue time to rethink their beliefs and goals to work towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce and a truly anti-racist standard. We have a long way to go.

In this collection we take a look at the artists who deal with ideas of race, racism, and identity in their work. Ramon Martins captures the multi-cultural and multi-racial lives of Brazil. Yannis Guibinga and Mikela Henry-Lowe show their models with a delicate, emotional-complexity long denied to black models in the Western art historical tradition.

Some of these artists explore racial identities which are different to their own, such as Louisa Seton (born in Kenya) who photographs tribes of Africa.

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