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BACKRA BLUID
© Copyright Stacey Tyrell, Backra Bluid, ‘Glynnis, 30 yrs’, 2011. 40x 50 cm on C-Print Dibond

Stacey Tyrell »

BACKRA BLUID

Exhibition: – 19 Oct 2013

Sat 7 Sep 18:00

gCS Galerie Cultural Speech

Postjesweg 6-8
1057 EA Amsterdam

+31 20-


galerieculturalspeech.nl

BACKRA BLUID
© Copyright Stacey Tyrell, Backra Bluid, ‘Bonnie, 35 yrs. and Twins Lara and Maisie, 9yrs’, 2011. 40x 50 cm on C-Print Dibond

Stacey Tyrell
BACKRA BLUID

Exhibition: September 7 – October 10, 2013
Opening: September 7, 2013, 18:00 h

Gallery Cultural Speech is proud to present the first solo exhibition by the Canadian photographer Stacey Tyrell in The Netherlands.

‘Backra’ is Caribbean slang, referring to ‘white master’ or ‘white person’. ‘Bluid’ is the Scottish word for blood and skin. As a black child attending a predominantly white school, Tyrell would find herself confronted with the proudly proclaimed Scottish, Irish and English heritage of her classmates. Whenever she mentions her own family ties with England, she is often met with uncomfortable looks. Her background reminds white people above all of the legacy of slavery.

In Backra Bluid, Tyrell portraits herself as a white woman. Dressed up as a bored schoolgirl or as a rich lady, covered in fur with diamond earrings, Tyrell demonstrates that black and white people are really not so different. Apart from the color of their skin, that is.

The series The Great White Hope, also on view at Gallery Cultural Speech, shows beauty products with names as ‘Fair and Lovely’ and ‘White Beauty’. These pots, powders and tubes are supposed to whiten the skin. Tyrell: ‘Through their use it seems that any previous self-hating and self-doubt can be simply lightened or erased.’

BACKRA BLUID
© Copyright Stacey Tyrell, Backra Bluid, ‘Rhona, 28 yrs’, 2012. 40x 50 cm on C-Print Dibond

Stacey Tyrell (1978 Toronto, Canada), studied photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design. In 2012 lash Forward chose her as one of the top Emerging Photographers in Canada. That same year she was granted the Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant.