Friday, January 10, 2020

Christopher Udemezue’s Photographs Celebrate Caribbean Queerness

ART IN AMERICA
By Wendy Vogel
Christopher Udemezue: Untitled (underneath the palm tree leaves where they can’t find us), 2018, mixed mediums, 40 by 30 inches.
Christopher Udemezue describes a stark binary in perceptions of Caribbean culture, contrasting the pleasures of flavorful food and island music with the darkness of colonial violence and persistent homophobia. His practice mines his identity as a queer Caribbean-American. Udemezue’s first solo exhibition, in 2015 at Bushwick’s Stream Gallery, fused his interests in gender, sexuality, and ethnic heritage. Paying homage to the heroic resistance of a group of impoverished gay and trans youths in Kingston, Jamaica, known as the Gully Queens, the artist photographed friends in poses that borrowed from art historical tropes of religious and political martyrdom.[More]
Mixed-medium paintings in Udemezue’s series “Yard,” 2019, at the Shed, New York.