Saturday, May 15, 2010

Is BlackFace acceptable in 2010??

There is a fashion & photography festival each year in Hyères, France. It recognizes emerging artists such as designer, Tsolmandakh Munkhuu, whose 'BlackFace' collection showcase received great reviews despite its controversial presentation. Check out the looks, and more importantly, the models here.
Though this type of body painting has been offensive to African Americans in the past, I don't take it as an offensive gesture, but rather a use of artistic expression and vision. It is still a little jarring at sight, but I honestly think it adds to the collection.
It makes the models looks like zombies, or of evil nature. Or maybe a black Avatar...LOL. I'm reaching!
Tell me whatcha think!!
Offensive or Artistic?