Deeman "Is Challenging You to See Race Differently"

Installlation view of Erica Deeman's NYC debut at Laurence Miller Gallery

Sarah Burke, writing for Artsy, says "She set out to interrogate the conclusions that people often draw before they know anything about a person—with a particular focus on women of African ancestry. But the portraits also subvert these stereotypes by revealing a varied gradient of browns at the illuminated edges of each face, suggesting complex human subjects shrouded in loaded assumptions of blackness. The photos sometimes recall Kara Walker cut-outs come-to-life, and they similarly walk a fine line between pastiche and critique."