Bayeté Ross Smith
Artist, Photographer, Filmmaker, Educator.
Adjunct Faculty NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photo and Imaging
Faculty at the International Center of Photography
Who controls the images and stories that define the people and cultures of the world?
I scrutinize preconceived notions and stereotypes, and when if ever, they are valid. This analysis extends to examining who controls the images and media that define people and cultures globally, in a time that is defined by ease of access to information and user generated and disseminated media. Social and community engagement is therein a crucial element of my work. Both artistic and anthropological research further informs my creative process.
My work is interdisciplinary, using the medium best suited for each idea. I create photographs, videos, sculptures, performances, and multi-media works, all of which intend to highlight our personal investment in the identities we create for ourselves and others. I am invested in how those identities impact our understanding and engagement, in humanity’s past, present and future