WHITE COLLAR GOES BLACK

White Collar Goes Black Headdress by McQueen

White Collar Goes Black : Headdress by McQueen, 2012, oil and acrylic mixed with glue on linen on board, 24 x 24 inches

White Collar Goes Black Headdress By McQueen

White Collar Goes Black : Headdress by McQueen, detail, 2012, oil and acrylic mixed with glue on linen on board, 24 x 24 inches

White Collar Goes Black Surgical Glove and Bow Tie

White Collar Goes Black : Surgical Glove and Bow Tie, 2012, oil and acrylic mixed with glue on linen on board, 24 x 24 inches

White Collar Goes Black Logo Lab Coats

White Collar Goes Black : Logo Lab Coats, 2014, oil and acrylic mixed with glue on linen on board, 24 x 24 inches

White Collar Goes Black provokes a reassessment of values by evaluating charity as a new form of imperialism. Specifically Kennedy focuses on medical organizations that send western doctors on missions. Instead of training local persons these organizations provide health care for a few weeks before leaving. The series questions the ideological roots that inform the paternalistic practice of creating populaces who, via systemized dependency, become ever more reliant on “charity.” Kennedy evokes blackface conventions to hold America’s minstrelsy tradition accountable for originating what have come to be persistent racist stereotypes; 190 years after conception and these exact stereotypes continue to fuel today’s global prejudices.