Berette S Macaulay
Berette S Macaulay is a photo-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer born in Sierra Leone, and raised in Jamaica. Her work engages complex cultural negotiations of be/longing, coded identity-performance, memory, and mythmaking. Spaces of exhibition and sharing include, Melkweg Expo (Netherlands), Art Alive (India), SP-Arte (Brazil), Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Memorial ACTe Museum (Guadeloupe), and Annenberg Space for Photography (USA). Permanent collections include National Gallery of Jamaica and Int’l Center for Photography (as ‘SeBiArt’). She has received artist grants and residencies from 4Culture, Vermont Studio Center, Shunpike Arts, and Simpson Center among others. Her curatorial work includes the permanent exhibition Mystic of a Woman on Rita Marley at the Bob Marley Museum, HOME is be/LONGING at Wa Na Wari, SHAPESHIFTERS – a film program for Studio Museum of Harlem’s Black Refractions Exhibition at Frye Art Museum, Exploring Passages in the Black Diaspora at PCNW, and illusive self at Taller Boricua Gallery, NY. Publications include MONDAY Arts Journal, Feminist Media Histories (UC Press), MFON Photography Journal, Ebony and Of Note magazines, World Policy Journal, and UNESCO Courier. Macaulay received the Champion of Seattle Arts Award, the UW Ottenberg-Winans Fellowship for African Studies, and is the Curatorial Fellow at On the Boards. She serves as Professor/Art Liaison Program Manager at Henry Art Gallery and is the founder of Black Cinema Collective – a project of i•ma•gine e•volve.
Artist Support Program 2022 (with Tom Pearson): [UN-TITLED], a site-specific, multi-locational intervention of gentrified cityscapes—exposing the loss of cultural spaces and community erasure through an audience-centered, experiential, and ritual performance.