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This photo-based work raises questions about the effect of the diaspora of the African peoples - their historical dispersion across the world through slavery and colonisation - on the identity and representation of black people. Boyce is the 'English born Native' of the title. The picture developed from a desire to consider the relationship between her own 'self-image' and the one offered by a predominantly white society through the mass media. The scale of the work and its reference to Hollywood heroes such as Tarzan and Rambo point to the power of film to perpetuate sterotypes. Photobooth portraits of the artist dominate the image. They refer in part to voodooo trance, often parodied in Hollywood films.

August 2004