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October, 2020, Fort Warden, Port Townsend, WA, United States.

Chase Keetley

is a multi-disciplinary African-Canadian artist whose work is based in the Black Experience. He primarily investigates the mimicry and use of Blackness, such as the appropriation of cultural practices and iconography rooted in the Pan-African Ethnography. Keetley’s practice takes a close look at the identities, desires, and the investments of non-Black people and how they live vicariously through Black Culture without actively dismantling the issues that coincide within its existence. As a Black artist in Canada, he finds that one of the many challenges is trying to ensure the work produced continues to be useful and stays valid. Seeking to challenge the misguided notion of existing elsewhere he continues to confront forms of oppositional representations put on Black Bodies.