GREY, 2017

Arthur Jafa says: "It's a muscle that everybody needs to develop: the ability to see themselves in someone else's circumstances without having to paint that person white."

Black men are still portrayed and viewed as predators and the ultimate masculine figure.

Our society has taught and still teaches us that afro hair is unprofessional and unattractive. 

It frustrates me that people are shocked these issues still exist under the huge umbrella of oppressive social constructs. In order to progress we need to dissect and challenge these ideals.

I tackle these issues through performance: singing and dancing to a 12 bar blues (of my own composition), while painted grey. Brushing out a burnt straight wig, which has been damaged because of years of trying to be ‘beautiful’. Self-imposed guilt and external oppression fuelling the passion of my movements.

I combine both parts of my cultural upbringing, between gospel/soul and classical/western styles of singing, yet I paint myself grey to show my confusion as to where I fit in as a young mixed raced woman.

I juxtapose degrading stereotypes through photography by presenting a mixed-raced man with dreadlocks, in his naturally loving and gentle light.

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ZETHU 'ZIZWE RUBY' MASEKO