Unhinged: Ain’t I Beautiful? III , was the third installment of our ‘Ain’t I Beautiful? group exhibition series, held July 20th-25th, 2017 guest curated by Jennifer Younge. Featured artists include: Abdourahman Njie, Alexander Ikhide, Emmanuel Awuni, Hamed Maiye, Kobby Adi, Kareem Reid, Khaleb Salah.
This series of exhibitions aims to discuss and challenge the concept and power of ‘beauty’; who defines it, where it comes from, and how it can be expressed. Unhinged , specifically looks at beauty through a male lens and features a group of black male artists responding to the theme. Working across a variety of mediums including painting, photography, videography, installation and sculpture, the group of artists will address the idea of ‘beauty’, while combating its gender-normative axioms.
Beauty is a concept that reaches beyond the body, and is urgently being re-evaluated both individually and collectively. Unhinged responds to the conundrum that is socialized beauty, examining how defining it for oneself can be a maddening and/or freeing experience. Males aren’t always allowed to claim beauty for themselves, and located farther away from the centre of society’s ideal of beauty, men of colour typically have unique experiences with this word and what it means to them. This exhibition will give a voice to those experiences as black and brown people are often left out of the conversations of societal beauty.
Below are two videos that were included in the exhibition:
'Eye Contact' Written and Performed by Kareem Reid
KORA by Abdouraham Njie in conjunction with his photography collection.
The first iteration of the ‘Ain’t I Beautiful?’ series debuted in December of 2016, followed by a second show in January 2017. Both focused on the work of women and non-binary people.
During this exhibition the gallery hosted a 'Drink and Draw' community event with music by BBZ London.