You can read this special issue of Art Absolument featuring Caribbean Artists, in its entirety online. The cover features the work of artist Ebony Patterson. Her work focuses on how ”young black men shape their identities within Jamaican dancehall culture.” In her series ‘Gangstas for Life’ she explores the practice of skin bleaching within Jamaican dancehall culture. These images include bleached faces, red glossed lips, glitter and feminine motifs.
Patterson’s work is featured in Caribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibiting at the Studio Museum in Harlem June 14-October 21, 2012. This exhibit is part of a larger exhibit, organized by El Museo Del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. If you want to learn more about Patterson’s work, she will be speaking at the Studio Museum on June 15th 7-9 pm., as part of The Artist’s Voice, their series of discussions. This program is free with museum admission and RSVPs are required.
View more of Patterson’s work & read her bio here