A SHORTLIST OF ONLINE CULTURAL CONTENT FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 17, 2020
“In 1968 David Hammons began a series of “body prints” in response to the artist’s frustrations with the 1965 Los Angeles uprisings. Following his series of abstract enamel paintings, which explored the palettes of the Black Liberation flag and those of independent African nations, Hammons’s “body prints” (produced in the 1960s and 70s) brought forth notions of self-definition while documenting the social, racial and political circumstances of his environment. Today, a new generation of artists are using their bodily presence as a form of art making and resistance, highlighting the marginalization and persecution that the black body has been subject to throughout history.”
In Tracing Existence, Zalika Azim explores how artists from David Hammons to Joiri Minaya continue to use their body as a form of resistance to highlight the marginalization and persecution that the black body has been subject to throughout history.