Conjuring the aesthetics of AfroSurrealism, Ja’Tovia Gary’s work confronts traditional notions surrounding representation and identity through video art, documentary film, and installation while positing the concept of Black female subjectivity as a point of departure.

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Afro-Futurism is a diaspora intellectual and artistic movement that turns to science, technology, and science fiction to speculate on black possibilities in the future. Afro-Surrealism is about the present. There is no need for tomorrow’s-tongue speculation about the future. Concentration camps, bombed-out cities, famines, and enforced sterilization have already happened. To the Afro-Surrealist, the Tasers are here. The Four Horsemen rode through too long ago to recall. What is the future? The future has been around so long it is now the past.

Afro-Surrealists expose this from a “future-past” called RIGHT NOW.


"All City…….Worldwide!!!"- by Dadasoulface
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"All City…….Worldwide!!!"- by Dadasoulface

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Cut n paste collage on paper
8.5”X11”

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University of Illinois at Chicago AFRO-SURREAL MANIFESTO Workshop
w/ Krista Franklin:"Learn about Afro-Surrealism through an exploration of D. Scot Miller’s AFRO-SURREAL MANIFESTO, and practice how it relates to contemporary cultural production engaging in a cross disciplinary workshop that includes hip-hop, visual art, writing and performance.”
Behold The Invisible…August 2, 2-5pm

University of Illinois at Chicago AFRO-SURREAL MANIFESTO Workshop

w/ Krista Franklin:

"Learn about Afro-Surrealism through an exploration of D. Scot Miller’s AFRO-SURREAL MANIFESTO, and practice how it relates to contemporary cultural production engaging in a cross disciplinary workshop that includes hip-hop, visual art, writing and performance.”

Behold The Invisible…
August 2, 2-5pm

“Black people in America came here as chattel, so we’ve had to constantly prove our humanity. I’m not a shovel, I’m not a horse, I’m a full-blown human being. It’s absurd.”

D. Scot Miller (via castoreum)

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D. Scot Miller: AfroSurreal Generation: AFROSURREAL MANIFESTO


melaninkris:

AFROSURREAL Generation | MANIFESTO by ›› D. Scot Miller

“Behold the invisible! You shall see unknown wonders!”

AFro surreal (via poemajones)

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solarthroat:

An afro-surrealist/afro-futuristic monthly experimental performance series in portland, or.

3-2-2014 session # 1

africanartagenda:

William Pope L

Style: performance, installation, Video, Painting AfroSurreal

Country: United States of America

Medium: Mixed Media on Velium, Graph paper, bic pen, marker, white-out, and acrylic

Fun Fact: Pope.L is wryly messing not only with what the established (white) contemporary art world thinks contemporary black art should be, or with what other black artists think black art should be, but with what exactly this supposedly ‘post-black’ historical moment means. For him the very idea of blackness, as nebulously defined by both black and white culture, is ‘a rabbithole’ down which, as in Alice’s Wonderland, nothing is what it superficially seems. Like the protagonist of Ralph Ellison’s classic novel Invisible Man (1952), who discovers in a flash of insight that his own otherness as an African-American has conferred on him a certain invisibility in plain sight, Pope.L has learned through the trials and errors of his own black male body that it is possible to be both painfully present and unseen. Nowhere is this clearer than in his video-documented Tompkins Square Crawl (1991), in which he laboriously dragged himself through the gutters of the East Village one steamy summer afternoon in an impeccable business suit and tie - passing skipping children and their parents, a policeman walking his beat, people parking their cars - without anyone really noticing or much caring. (Only one man seems to see him, a nearby black resident who is at first concerned for and then outraged by Pope.L, by what he takes to be a cynical mockery of the homeless and the dignity of the striving black male. ‘I wear a suit like that to work!’ he shouts down at Pope.L, close to tears, before setting off to look for a cop.)

Frieze magazine

Quote  "I am a fisherman of social absurdity, if you will… My focus is to politicize disenfranchisement, to make it neut, to reinvent what’s beneath us, to remind us where we all come from."

“The black body is a lack worth having.” This is not a Skin Set Drawing, but a quote from Pope.L in which he describes the social position of black men as they “attempt to preserve and promote [their bodies’] presence at the cost of [their bodies’] lack.” According to the artist, the measure of masculinity is presence. Regardless of how much presence the black male body assumes, it will “still be marked as lack.” An attempt to increase presence only exposes lack all the more, manifesting itself in innumerable statistics on “violence, drugs, alcohol, and crime.” Pope.L goes on: “As heir to this legacy, I would be remiss and arrogant to dismiss the shameful aspects and celebrate only the so-called good. It was the two in the tango that made these men. If I celebrate poetry and carpentry, I must also celebrate rape and alcohol. If I denigrate domestic violence, I must denigrate the ethos of hard work and Christian character.”

Works

1. Brown people are the green ray

2. Green people are shitty

3. Purple people are reason bicarbonate

4. Yellow People are Hydrogenated

5. Red people are the niggers of the canyon

6. White people are black by neurosis

7.Orange People Are Rotting Rays From Ruins Refore The Last Enjoy The Griot Convey The Shrapnel Deploy

2012

8.Orange People Are The Grid On The Ceiling

2012

9.Purple People are the Rhyme in the Skyout Exactly Against the Red Against the Blue Against the Black Against the Glass Against the Sun

2006-7

10.White People are a Desalination Plant in Puerto Rico

2001

Tekkonkinkreet!

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