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Ebony G. Patterson

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My work explores the tension between the transformed and that which transforms, interrogating the ever-changing relationship between the 'video light' and the performed male within dancehall culture. While my output is rooted in the regional, political, and cultural specificity of present-day Jamaica, it raises larger questions about beauty, gender ideals, and constructions of masculinity not only within black culture, but popular culture as a whole. How does gesture affect the read of gender, and shape male interactions? How does the camera transform or create a sense of transcendence in how these men present themselves? How does the bling and ‘illumination’ allow for the visibility of these otherwise invisible? This body of work takes on the complex relation between gender, stereotyping, politics, beauty, race, body, and ritual. , ,

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