Styling as a Form of Resistance: A Review of Gio Swaby "Fresh Up" at the Art Institute of Chicago

More than expressing love visually, Swaby is hoping for an honest reflection of Black people—”an unmediated version of Blackness,” she calls it. The influences of her country’s culture, people and traditions (she’s originally from the Bahamas), her experience as an immigrant (she currently lives in Canada) and her identity as a Black woman have undoubtedly shaped work that exists at the intersection of Blackness and womanhood.
April 11, 2023