Ayrton ‘SAM’ Mendes

Ayaba - Rainha - Queen (2023)


Ayrton Mendes, also known as SAM, is a Portuguese artist based in Manchester. He intricately explores the intersections of race, sexuality and gender. His practice weaves a unique perspective, rooted in personal experiences and a profound interest in African and urban cultures. Embracing diverse media, from video to sculpture, SAM employs an interdisciplinary approach, using unconventional materials to express his vision. Ayaba - Rainha - Queen is an experimental video that disrupts stereotypes and advocates for Black women’s experiences by illustrating the intersections they face due to their race and gender. Using archive materials and digital techniques, the video intends to evoke empathy.

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