Bayeté Ross Smith
Bayeté Ross Smith utilizes the photographic medium as a means to investigate societal, racial and cultural stereotyping. Bayeté presents portraits that blend and blur our own preconceptions and prejudices, as we tend to visually typecast and categorize each individual presented for our scrutiny. Undeniably, each viewer’s personal biases are called into question as we grapple with our own issues involving race and class. Bayeté received his MFA in Photography from California College for the Arts. His work has been recently presented at San Francisco City Hall in association with the San Francisco Arts Commission, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Richmond Art Center, GenArts “Emerge” exhibition and the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara. He is also a member of the Cause Collective, recipients of a recent commission at the Oakland International Airport.