Red Bull Arts, New York , 08/01/21 - 08/01/21

Exhibition | Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test

The first major solo show for Akeem Smith, the Jamaican-born, New York-based stylist and creative director, celebrates Kingston’s dancehall community via a complex exploration into spectral coloniality, diaspora, and the voyeurism resulting from transposing personal artifacts across cultural, economic, and temporal divides. Smith collaborated with sculptor Jessi Reaves to create custom mannequins, British fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner to design Red Bull Arts gallery attendant uniforms, and musicians Total FreedomPhysical TherapyAlex Somers, and dancehall icon Bounty Killer with historian Carolyn Cooper, to create original scores and audio works featured throughout the presentation.

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