what colour are you ?

“What Colour Are You?”, takes inspiration from female contemporary artists’ Carrie Mae Weem’s “Kitchen Table Series” and Martha Rosler’s “Semiotics of The Kitchen”. I reinterpret and recreate their works by creating a new version as it relates to me. During…

what colour are you ?

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“What Colour Are You?”, takes inspiration from female contemporary artists’ Carrie Mae Weem’s
“Kitchen Table Series” and Martha Rosler’s “Semiotics of The Kitchen”. I reinterpret and recreate their
works by creating a new version as it relates to me. During the reinterpretation process I was able to
extract similar themes while breathing into them, a new voice. In “What Colour Are You” I fill in ethnicity
surveys with black and white paint where the boxes indicate that I must either choose the black box or
white box to identify myself. These videos are a commentary on my experience as a mixed-race person. The videos mock the idea of labelling the colour of someone’s skin by its actual colour, and in such binary terms. The photographs and video highlight our inability to label people of various origins – where our descriptors typically have little to no relationship to the individual’s actual background. The underlying humour in these works highlight the institutional racism that has laid down the framework for how we label and categorise people.

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