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A Tangible History of the American South

A Tangible History of the American South

Landscape has always been a foundational lens through which I interpret the world around me. As a product of the American South, I understood how landscape underscored my everyday experience and learned how natural materials hold a tangible history of lineage, labor, and land. My work reflects the role of landscape in the creation of Americana and how the natural environment is the central protagonist, not a backdrop, of everyday life.

In Conversation: Kevin Beasley and Mark Bradford

In Conversation: Kevin Beasley and Mark Bradford

This conversation between Kevin Beasley and Mark Bradford, provides insight into two great creative minds at different stages of their careers. Originally published in the book Kevin Beasley, in tandem with Beasley’s first major museum exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston.

Dancing between Spectacular and Ordinary

Dancing between Spectacular and Ordinary

Photographer Paul Weinberg recounts his career of documenting apartheid in South Africa. Alongside photographer David Goldblatt, Weinberg discusses the cultural climate around documentary photography with the group Afrapix, and his other series of indigenous peoples in light of apartheid.

Slaughter

Slaughter

For an art form so daring, defiant, and overwhelmingly public as graffiti, it is too often dismissed, ignored, and (in some cases) made invisible, disappearing into the barrage of visual information around it. Encompassing everything from large-than-life paintings to train tags or the scratching of one’s moniker into an air-conditioner grill, graffiti both animates and disrupts our landscape. This way of working was at the heart of Margaret Kilgallen’s practice.

Black Mentifact

Black Mentifact

Artist and curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden visited Kevin Beasley’s exhibition “A view of a landscape” with her mother, sparking a conversation about labor, cotton, and family history. McClodden shares how her creative practice is influenced by these histories and the exploration of black mentifact.