My work is an attempt to explore and understand the diverse arguments and practices within the cultural politics of "difference." In past work I have exposed the nature of my 'being' and the nature of my practice in order to investigate and reconstruct myself in a tangible way -- historically, racially and sexually.
The traditions and contemporary practices of artists of colour have been and continue to be excluded from the art hierarchies (though much tokenism and lip service has been paid to inclusion). The rhetoric of postmodern discourse and contemporary art practices have questioned the issue of exclusion and cultural appropriation. The awareness of this discourse by Third World Artists has resulted in the development of a dialogue. This dialogue has resulted in the beginning of a new art community where issues of 'exclusion', cultural appropriation, and visual representation are central.
I am a Third World Artist living in an advanced industrial and cultural centre, in a society of privilege. I find myself in an ambiguous location and it is a very difficult place to be. How does rhetoric and this friction affect my political and artistic practice? How do I speak as an individual? Do I represent a mass unit? In this atmosphere how do I challenge myself to work without acceptance, and at the same time increase public understanding and appreciation of my art. These are the questions I am working with. My work "Body Politics" and my videos are an exploration of these issues.
by . Mix, Winter 1995.
by . Regeneration, 1990. Kingston: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1990.