Jennifer Abbott and David Odhiambo

1993, 05:50 minutes, colour, English


The myths of the priapic Black stud and the White woman beauty ideal collide in this rhythmically constructed work about identity and desire. Skinned explores the specific historic, psychological and social implications of relationships between Black men and White women. Using their bodies as a point of juncture, the artists blatantly situate the viewer as voyeur while identifying this physical realm as the arena within which cultural communities and individuals oppose interracial relationships. Ultimately, the multiplicity of images and voices calls into question the validity of definitive truths and the authoritative voice.

Collision des mythes de"l'étalon" Noir et de la "beauté idéale" Blanche dans une oeuvre qui traite de désir et d'identité. Une exploration des implications historiques, psychologiques et sociales des relations entre hommes noirs et femmes blanches. Les auteurs donnent le rôle de voyeur au spectateur tout en identifiant le lieu physique en tant qu'arène dans laquelle les communautés culturelles et les individus s'opposent aux relations interraciales. Enfin, la multiplicité de voix et d'images remet en question la valeur des vérités définitives et de la voix autoritaire.

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Critical Writing

Twenty Bold, Brash and Beautiful Years
by Lynn Wanyeki. Fuse, Spring 1994, v. 17, no. 3.