Hidden Painting by Heike Allerton-Davies

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Painting: Acrylic, Ink, gold leaf on Canvas.

This new collection of paintings attempts to look at and question the idea of exoticizing the black female body - something that the male gaze has always done. Not only am I looking at the black other from the privillaged place of my whiteness but I am furthermore doing so as a woman. The complexities of our narratives, especially in this historically loaded valley, make this gaze an all the more challenging one to deconstruct. The black female body has always held the allure of otherness, forbidden and exotic in its beauty.




Heike Allerton-Davies

South Africa


Size: 51 W x 59 H x 1.5 in

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