Artist Akeem Smith's Different View of a Jamaican Dancehall

Still from Akeem Smith's Social Cohesiveness (2020). Courtesy of the artist and Red Bull Arts.

T Magazine's The Artists series spotlights recent or little-shown work by Black creatives. This month, the publication interviewed Akeem Smith about his videowork, use of archival footage from Jamaican dancehalls, and mission to challenge ideas of the gaze in visual art. Get a glimpse of Smith's artwork at T Magazine, which will be part of his show No Gyal Can Test at Red Bull Arts, in New York, in late September 2020.

“I’m isolating and playing with the idea of the gaze. Western culture talks a lot about the male gaze, but what about the colonial gaze or the female gaze?” - Akeem Smith