My art raises questions about the types of images and representations that come to inform contemporary readings and performances of Black male masculinity. By engaging with various stereotypes and misconceptions about Black men–both those imposed and those assumed–I attempt a critical intervention concerning the visible and invisible threads that make up our collective understandings of Black identity.
Incorporating various expressions of "Blackness," which includes the visual iconography of Yoruba (Ifa) spirituality, the somatic attitude of hip-hop bravado, and philosophy of the négritude movement, I work to re-member the fractured Black body. In mining the Black experience both historically and contemporaneously, I can dynamically engage this theme with work that though rooted in the Black experience, provides meaningful engagement across all walks of life.
My works take the form of paintings, videos, original music and performance-based projects with each medium allowing me to articulate various nuances around the theme. CLICK BELOW TO VIEW A SERIES