Visiting artist | Umar Rashid

Graduate Study and the Sculpure department welcome visiting artist Umar Rashid. After relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles in 2003, Rashid began to write and illustrate the history of the Frenglish Empire 1648–1880 (a portmanteau of France and England) based on the supposition that the historically antagonistic empires of France and England made a tenuous peace and unified into a single, gargantuan, colonial empire. The main focus of his work are the stories and reinvented histories of people of color—who are oftentimes marginalized and omitted from the historical record—and the intricacies of race, gender, class and overall power in the colonial world. He employs iconography as a place marker between past, present and future. His work is informed by hip-hop culture, various (modern and ancient) pop culture references, gang and prison culture and revolutionary movements throughout time.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 4:30pm

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Graduate Study, Sculpture

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