Who is afraid of white, black and beige?


28.4 — 3.7.2022


Gisela Clement


Opening April 28, 2022 at 6pm.

The exhibition takes place inside the Project Space.

The artist collective will be present.

On the occasion of the opening there will be an artist talk in English led by Prof. Dr. Claudia Jarzebowski.

Lotharstraße 104

53115 Bonn


Who is afraid of white, black and beige?

A photographic examination of identity, gender and racism is subjected to a complex reinterpretation.

What role does skin color plays and how does it still impact our feelings and perceptions when making decisions in human relationships?

How has the political policies within the system build on color identity has been a pivotal validation on ethnic, racial oppression and segregation through discourses around value, taste, culture, methodology and the deployment of color. While race and class are still defined in black and white in large parts of society, a new consciousness shaped by social media and digitalization is increasingly shifting these conditional boundaries of gender and identity towards new collectivity and solidarity.

As a black woman who has worked in the fashion industry all her life as a model and fashion influencer, Michelle Elie is confronted with questions about age, body and skin color as well as norms and stereotypes on a daily basis. The first fictional portraits were created in this area of ​​tension between our own experiences and the lack of representation of the other in our collective memory.

Michelle Elie (the model-cum-designer-cum-fashion fixture) and Troi Ollivierre (the hair and make-up artist) have always been sort of creative soulmates. Since their first connection in downtown New York City in the '90s, the duo have been creating together, both for work and play. Add in Michelle's husband, acclaimed art director and artist Mike Meiré, and you have TROUBLE Inc.

In moments when so many people feel the inequality and injustice of the ruling systems, it is about a strong conviction in who you are and what you identify with. Without discrimination or exclusion. Who's afraid of black, white and beige?

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