Discernment American multimedia artist Bayete Ross Smith brings to Kyiv his works examining the social stereotypes and preconceptions we all have. The exhibition will include pieces from five of Smith’s projects,
American multimedia artist Bayete Ross Smith brings to Kyiv his works examining the social stereotypes and preconceptions we all have. The exhibition will include pieces from five of Smith’s projects, all representing ideas he has worked with over the past 10 years. We got an exclusive with him before his visit.
“I think Ukraine is an interesting environment to view these works because, while there is not the same amount of diversity related to nationality, ethnicity, and race, as there is in North America, there is substantial diversity in Ukraine based on language and various Ukrainian ethnicities,” Smith says. “I think the fighting in the eastern part of the country is indicative of how the issues of identity, stereotypes, and preconceived notions are not only relevant, but can lead to large-scale social issues and problems related to human rights. I hope my work can shed light on the misrepresentation of Black and Latino Americans, and Ukrainians can draw some parallels to how they are misrepresented nationally and within their regional ethnicities.”
He believes the power of art and media is to engage in story-telling that is provocative and resonates with people across political and philosophical boundaries. “Even if I don’t agree with a specific point of view, I still can and will acknowledge what smaller aspects of that perspective are valid, which is at the very core of integrity, and is the foundation of the development of productive communication, empathy, and understanding across our various differences of opinion as humans.”
February 8 (Thursday) 5:45 pm - March 3 (Saturday) 5:45 pm
M Pymonenka 6