Grant Summary
Support for ongoing work.
Keywords
Artist Statement
By re-contextualizing well defined and documented ideas / display methods traditionally attributed to white people and their accompanying history I hope to offer a different look or starting point for a current conversation about black history / people. Both the black race and the white race are American constructs that are maintained to protect white interests. If these two races / ideas are constructs, than is the history based on these things a construct as well? Is this history as malleable as the lies we are fed in retellings of events passed? What if we were given a different starting point? What if the language that has been developed to talk about whiteness was used to describe blackness? What would that look like? Once placed back in their appropriate historical context do these new images carry the same message? I am still not sure of an answer but I am working to find out.
  • Gucci Mane Commemorative Plate Set, 2015, Azikiwe Mohammed, Ceramic plates. Photo by Sam Morgan.

  • New Davonhaime Thrift Store #1, 2015, Azikiwe Mohammed, Mixed Media Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

  • New Davonhaime Thrift Store #2, 2015, Azikiwe Mohammed, Mixed Media Installation. Courtesy of the artist.

  • New Davonhaime Thrift Store #3, 2015, Azikiwe Mohammed, Mixed Media Installation. Courtesy of the artist.