In artist Lionel Smit’ native country of South Africa, he observes the fluidity of race through the Cape Malay people of Cape Town. As a result of colonialism, African, European and South Asian bloodlines have been crossed over successive generations to create new identities, of which the Cape Malay people are a striking example. The physical attributes of Cape Malays challenge overly simplified and socially accepted race-based physical stereotypes. A richly diverse and wide-ranging group of people, the Cape Malays have affirmed attributes that have become uniquely their own.
OBSCURA explores how we are shaped – and placed – by our identity. The exhibition comprises Smit’s paintings and sculptures, where representations become symbolic of a dynamic persona, with whom each of us may identify.
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
770 NE 125th Street (Joan Lehman Building)
North Miami, FL 33161