Dexter McLean: Tower Avenue
Dexter McLean: Tower Avenue
“McLean understands what it means to live with barriers, to be locked out of dialogue and isolated in society” – Dave Lewis
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Dexter McLean is a UK-based photographer whose practice is concerned with the representation of black and disabled communities. Drawing from his own lived experiences he creates photographic portraits that emphasise the challenges and societal myths disabled people face in contemporary society.
In Tower Avenue, the artist's self-published monograph, McLean revisits the community around Olympic Gardens, Jamaica where he spent his childhood. Inspired by a sense of togetherness and the importance of familial networks, this ongoing project features black and white photographic portraits of an intergenerational constituency of individuals living in the local area. His long-term ambition is to create a collective portrait documenting the disabled community in Jamaica.
About the artist
Dexter McLean (born 1993, Kingston, Jamaica) moved to the United Kingdom when he was nine. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a child, McLean’s documentary and portrait photography is concerned with addressing fundamental flaws in the representations of the disabled community in mainstream media and elsewhere.
McLean was the first person in his family to attend university, graduating with a Masters degree in Photography from Middlesex University in 2020. His work was shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery 2016. McLean is currently part of the Shape Arts Transforming Leadership Programme in partnership with Autograph, and was commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other (2020). He lives and works in London.
Published by Dexter McLean, 2020
Dimensions: 225 x 312mm
Text in English
Signed by the artist
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