On display from July 20th, 2018 through September 3rd, 2018, ‘Color-ism’ explores the internal discrimination against dark-skinned people within the black community dating back to the 18th century. With shades varying from a very light complexion, nearly white where one can pass, to the deepest, darkest, rich browns that are nearly black, the artists explore the love and hatred of color.
According to the artists, “The portrayal of black bodies and blackness through mainstream media, movies, and television weighs heavily on one’s psyche and shines a harsh light on what beauty and acceptance should look like. Promoting darker skin was not the accepted brand in America, while lighter, fairer skin tones were the preference, as it is still seen today. From a young age, black children develop a thick, callus skin deflecting the verbal and physical discrimination that spews from the lips of bodies that mirror them.”