Award-winning artist Berette Macaulay has a multicultural background, being born in Sierra Leone, of W. African/Dominican/German-Czech descent, raised in Jamaica and the UK, and now based in the United States. Her training and experience as a performer (dancer/actor) and theater technician (make up/lighting and sound design) also broadens her ability to express often-ineffable navigations of class, race, culture, spirituality, language, and secular aspirations.
Her conceptual portrait work explores themes of difficulty and redemption concerning: identity confusion, introversion, and duality. She also works in traditional portraiture, documentary, street, land, and cityscapes. Her photo-based mixed media and abstract work is designed for monumental production and exhibition to create a deliberately visceral effect on design and space.
Berette's works have been exhibited in the Caribbean, Europe, and the United States. She has shown works in several galleries and alternative spaces in New York City like Artists Space, ArtGotham, Headquarters Gallery, and 25CPW Gallery. She has also shown at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut, with Art For Progress/Fountain Art Fair for Art Basel Miami Beach Week, with ILLITERATE Gallery in Denver, Colorado, USA; NORD Galerie Haus in Nürnberg, GERMANY; Mutual Gallery and the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, JAMAICA,
Berette was recently selected by jury as one of a hundred photographers from 11K submissions worldwide for The Other Hundred book project in Hong Kong. She was also awarded 2nd place in the 125 year old Camera Club of New York [CCNY] for their Annual Juried National Photography Competition (Jurors: Elisabeth Biondi and Martine Fougeron). Berette premiered her photo-based mixed media light-box installation works as a finalist in the Annual Juried SuperPlus Mutual Gallery show in Jamaica. Others include the Creative Arts award from Art For Progress, and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and the National Gallery of Jamaica in 2010, 2011, and 2012 for her conceptual and street photography.
Interdisciplinary collaborative projects and video works with artists in the performing arts fields have also been presented at PROJECT ONE in San Francisco, The Duke on 42nd Street, Juilliard Theater, and JUDSON Church in Washington Square, New York.