Black Pony Gallery has announced the first online solo exhibition of Bermudan photographer Jayde Gibbons, with the online exhibition from October 1 to 18, 2021.
“MNFR: ‘My Negus For Real’ presents a series of black and white images focused on black men and youth in Bermuda from 2018 to 2020. Most of the MNFR’s work was recently exhibited at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, ”said a spokesperson.
“These images are frank and unposed and yet there is a white t-shirt theme that asserts itself as a cultural signifier. The effect of the contrast of colors avoids the relationship between the subject and the author, intimate and subtle, conveying beauty and pride in oneself and in one’s place.
The artist said: “At first it was just my camera and I shooting without intention. But once I started going through the photographs and sat down with what I had, that’s when I would say the “curation” of MNFR began. I started to reflect on how we perceive and value each other as Bermudans, and what specific dialogue I would like to have about the black man from Bermuda. “
Many artists can identify with a project that is beginning to have its own life force. For Ms. Gibbons, this also led her to recognize that “sometimes people just want to be seen. Through these stories and interactions,
“I’ve learned things black men go through that I, as a black woman, might never go through, and vice versa. In a way, this project taught me to be compassionate and respectful of others, and not to judge a book by its cover. Everyone has a story.
“The visuals are so powerful and art has a way of connecting people and cultures. If people only see themselves as society sees them, it is difficult to create their own path. “
Ms Gibbons added, “Ultimately I would like my project to have a scholarship for black Bermuda men pursuing studies, a career in the arts or something community-based. The aim is to raise funds by selling works of art in the form of table books and fine art prints, merchandise and donations from donors and investors. So there is a lot to do and this is literally just the start.
His advice to emerging photographers: “Don’t spend too much time focusing on expensive photo equipment, focus on working with what you have, the art is created by the artist, not the equipment. “
The complete works of My Negus For Rea follow below [PDF here]:
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