The Black Balthazar

2018

Installation in Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

 

In Europe, Balthazar was known as a biblical Magi with dark skin; white Europeans generally connected his image to all black people.
In this installation, I swapped the roles of the “black” and “white”, changing the position of the servants and the master and challenging the stereotypes that we still have today.

 

Reference:

Exhibition to Examine Balthazar, a Black African King in Medieval and Renaissance European Art