What stories do we have the right to tell? Who has the power to tell them? These two questions inhabit Akeem Smith's photo-sculptures. As a homage to the dancehall scene of Kingston, Jamaica, where he grew up, Smith transformed vestiges from his childhood into relics and complemented them with found and donated photographs. His work draws as much from collective memory as from the artist’s recollections, shedding light on the role of women within this nocturnal life, a space and time he considers as empowering. Smith appropriates a visual culture that emerged in the late 1970s, after Jamaica’s independence and the formation of an indigenous national identity, to sacralize an Afro-Caribbean aesthetic and prompt us to reflect on the place of our cultures in the construction of our views.
Exhibition curator: Taous Dahmani.