Lavar Munroe’s (b. 1982, Nassau, Bahamas) most recent series, The Redbones, explores global political strife and societal ills including: income disparity, war and racism. Based on photo-documents and artifacts collected over four years in Senegal, Munroe created the fictitious Redbones, a group of child-soldiers placed on the frontlines of war by the wealthy elite. The series follows these boys as they seek heroism and freedom amidst poverty and violence, referencing Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth (The Hero’s Journey). These cultural works straddle the line between painting, sculpture and installation, challenging narratives around survival, loss and trauma. They balance real life issues within a fictional setting. This series also explores and critiques structures in society such as juvenile detention units, prisons, fraternities and school yards. Important to this series is the role of the uniforms. For Munroe, who grew up in the Bahamas under a British system of governance and education, uniforms continue to be prevalent, to both distinguish and condemn individuals and groupings in various segments of society. He sees this as problematic, as it alludes to, and promotes constant servitude which is indicative of the colonial past.