Cyanotypes (2018)

There is an online and physical world flooded with skin lightening products which have also seeped into culture of the diaspora. The importance of beauty in the postcolonial state is acknowledged and accepted. In this shaded space and the colour of one skin is paramount. It is a strange world where children in a family maybe then you differently in accordance and with that in direct relation to the fairness of their skin. Triggered by the research around Trevor Owen, this work is an exploration of the world inhabited by himself and his sister Jackie. In the 1950s and 60s, Jamaica skin colour was an important measure of status. It is a world one assumed had been left behind but is unfortunately omnipresent in the 21st century.