Jade Montserrat (UK)
Thu 27 Oct 2016
High Street Exhibitional Gallery
SHADOWING JOSEPHINE RECOGNISES THE INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO JOSEPHINE BAKER, THE FIRST WIDELY CELEBRATED, INDEPENDENT BLACK CELEBRITY WHO EMERGED FROM COLONIAL AND SEGREGATION CONTEXTS.
Shadowing Josephine is a language, a tool to articulate a series of ideas: how outrage and prejudices can be performed; perceptions of the savage and barbaric heathens; tribal nuances and thinking about the Paris of the 1920s as a site of inequality; the spate of negrophilia there; how a change of circumstance for women was reinforced by the war; cultural diversity and tolerance; exoticism and anti-colonial; therefore, transgressive behaviours.
Jade Montserrat is a research-led artist. Performing the body is a political tool used to articulate the ideas and ideals of freedom underpinning her project The Rainbow Tribe. The Rainbow Tribe looks at freedom: of expression, covering civil and human rights and the role of recording and preserving history.