Shifting Hues aims to tell the history and complications faced in today’s society regarding different skin tones to teenagers and adults. It informs visitors to learn and explore these constantly shifting views. This exhibition essentially intends to surround visitors in an in-depth, captivating story of the history of skin color discrimination and a narrative that examines the origins of this complex issue in past, present and future forms.
Each section reflects on the history and discriminatory issues faced today. The exhibition begins with the science and evolution behind the vast spectrum on skin tones leading to the age of exploration leading to race separation. It then takes the visitors to the history of institutional slavery in Europe and America and the politics of pigmentation reflected worldwide which becomes a larger problem in the portrayal of race in the media. Finally, the last two sections take a positive outlook with social equity, diversity, representation and multiculturalism in society and how to change society’s perspective.
Shades of olive greens from the olive skin tones referenced in humans and from the environment surroundings which have impact on skin tones throughout the world, time and evolution. Pops of pinks are inspired by the pink hues all humans have somewhere in their bodies. These colors mixed with historical imagery create a friendly and educational notion, featuring multiple points of interactivity. The active interior of the exhibition created an experience for the visitor, stimulating interest and questioning ones’ views to encourage further exploration.
As part of the exhibition, this video creates visual interest and examines the evolution of skin tone variations; while also informing the viewer about the current issues related to skin tone variations. Through a recorded voice-over narrative, Speaking in Hues investigates the reasons why society sees skin color negatively and states several ways to resolved them by changing and questioning opposing views.
Voice-over by Dianna M. Montano