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Jayde Gibbons, left, and Kassie Caines participated in Amazon’s Riches: The Crown We Never Take Off exhibit during Art Basel weekend – a leading art show in Miami, Florida (Photo supplied)

Two Bermudian artists worked on a film that will be included in an Amazon Prime exhibit celebrating Black culture.

Kassie Caines and Jayde Gibbons participated in the global brand’s Riches: The Crown We Never Take Off exhibit during Art Basel weekend – a leading art show in Miami, Florida.

The pair worked with New York-based Black Beauty Archives to prepare an archival film for the installation curated by Donnamarie Baptiste.

Black Beauty Archives works to preserve, document and celebrate the history of Black beauty culture across the African diaspora.

The film focused on the “artistry and rituals of Black hair care” and was part of an exhibit hosted by Amazon Prime to promote its new Prime series, Riches.

Clear vision: from left, Camille Lawrence, founder of Black Beauty Archives; Rochelle Brock, BBA videographer and photographer; Kassie Caines and Jayde Gibbons (Photo supplied)

Ms Caines, a vocal artist and the granddaughter of the late Dame Lois Browne-Evans, is credited as digital curator and fashion historian on the film.

She is also the primary digital content coordinator for Black Beauty Archives.

She was approached with the opportunity and, hoping to integrate Bermudian culture into the film, invited Ms Gibbons, photographer and owner of Queendom Heights, to join the project.

Ms Caines said: “Jayde's vision is so clear in her work. The way she captures Black beauty within Queendom Heights made her essential for this project.

“I've been a fan of her artistry for years now so it was truly an honour when she agreed to be a part of this project."

Ms Gibbons provided photos from her portfolio for the presentation and is also credited as a contributor.

Ms Gibbons and Ms Caines hope to continue to highlight the stories of Black Bermudians on an international stage and consider this event as a springboard for them to do so.

Ms Caines added: “Having the opportunity to present in an international exhibit for a global client like Amazon certainly feels like a milestone but it also feels like the beginning of something special.

"I hope Bermudian creatives remember that the sky is the limit, especially when we work together."

The exhibit ran from December 2 to 3. More information can be found about the artists via Ms Caines’ website www.kassiecaines.com and via Ms Gibbons Instagram page @Queendom_Heights

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Published December 08, 2022 at 10:50 am (Updated December 08, 2022 at 10:50 am)

Two Bermudians contribute to Amazon Prime exhibit

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