Grant Summary
Support for a series of works based on the FBI files and COINTELPRO’s surveillance of the artist's father and his activities with the Black Panthers.
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Artist Statement
Whether working in drawing, photography or large-scale installations, I turn my attention toward unexpected locations of identity construction. My interest in minimalism and conceptualism informs the way I look at my family, our history, subculture coding, celebration and resistance. I engage a hybrid aesthetic of minimalism and density, using text, glitter and found objects to demonstrate the necessity for poetry and abstraction in urban life and the power of the personal as political. My work relishes in 'the everyday' but is also tethered to the other-worldly; a science fiction, an escape, and the space to imagine bigger possibilities.
  • Untitled (FBI, Enclosed Material), 2016, Sadie Barnette, Aerosol paint on laser print. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Untiled (Gem), 2016, Sadie Barnette, C-Print Photograph. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Installation view of, "My Father's FBI file, Project 1", 2016, Sadie Barnette, Family photo, aerosol paint, laser prints. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Untitled (My Father's Mug Shot), 2016, Sadie Barnette, Graphite on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Untiled (Gem), 2016, Sadie Barnette, C-Print Photograph. Re-photographed family polaroid with amethyst gem stone, featuring my cousin in an iconic "Huey Newton chair" .