‘Within Me‘, my latest piece, premiers at Akwaaba Gallery in their latest exhibition MASKPARADE!
Completed in charcoal and pastel, the piece depicts the half truth people of colour tend to function with in society. We should feel comfortable showing and embracing our ancestral ties, our culture. On the contrary, we often feel hesitant because of how society reacts and the challenges that arise as a result. Thus, it can often feel like you need to wear a mask.
Nearly half of minority ethnicities in the UK feel they need to hide their true personalities at work. A study of UK workers, carried out by consultancy Utopia, found that people of colour felt pressure to aspire to a certain expression of professionalism that favoured their white counterparts. Consequently, many felt it necessary to mask their identity and compromise their authenticity in order to fit in and be ‘safe’. People of color are masking their rich cultural heritage and other aspects of difference in order to be accepted.
Ella Bell, a professor at the Tuck School of Business, studies race, gender, and social class in organizations. Professor Bell found that many black women suffer from what she calls “bicultural stress” related to the need to hide their real selves when in specific environments.
‘Within Me’ was created to remind you of what is ‘within you’ and the beauty in allowing it to be seen and felt! – You Have A Place In This World!
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