SELF-PORTRAIT WITH ROTTEN BANANA - 2020


'Self-Portrait with Rotten Banana' looks at the sexualised gaze and common stereotypes that are associated with the black male body as an object of sex, masculinity and exoticism.

In the portrait the artist uses a rotten banana to entice the viewer's gaze into a dialogue that explores the mythology and misrepresentation of the black male body within Western society.

The work is influenced by Robert Mapplethorpe's graphic black and white nudes of black men from the 1980s, whilst referencing Sarah Lucas's 'Self-Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996', through its title and use of food to depict narratives on sexuality.

 

 

 

 

 










 





 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 


 

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