Artist Talk: Hakeem Adewumi

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Artist Talk: Hakeem Adewumi

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Nov 18, 2021, 3:00 PM


About the Event

The Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) invites you to a talk with the artist Hakeem Adewumi. He will discuss his photographic practice and how his work subverts notions of traditional portraiture, just as the artists of The Black Index do so through unexpected and unconventional depictions. Adewumi will be in conversation with Kendyll Gross, the Curator of Public Programs.

About the exhibition  The artists featured in The Black Index—Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas—build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding. Their works offer an alternative practice—a Black index—that still serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but also challenges viewers’ desire for classification.

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