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Under the Black Sky

This painting is an overhead self portrait of myself commuting on the tube. The piece discusses the subconscious biases that affect Black and gender non conforming people in public spaces.

The absence of people around the portrait indicates discomfort and the figure looking up towards the viewer conveys an awareness of that feeling. Around this time, I had been reading Reni Eddo-Lodge ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’ and had seen a performance by Travis Alabanza titled ‘I Tried To F*ck Up the System But None of My Friends Texted Back ‘. Both references articulated relatable thoughts and feelings on race and loneliness in the city that I had been reflecting on while I was making this piece.

 

Travis Alabanza

Reni Edddo-Lodge

J.D. Okhai Ojeikere,

Audre Lorde