Azikiwe Mohammed

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Artist Statement

By re-contextualizing well defined and documented ideas / display methods traditionally attributed to white people and their accompanying history do I hope to offer a different look or starting point for a current conversation about black history / people. Both the black race and the white race are American constructs that are maintained to protect white interests. If these two races / ideas are constructs, than is the history based on these things a construct as well? Is this history as malleable as the lies we are fed in retellings of events passed? What if we were given a different starting point? What if the language that has been developed to talk about whiteness was used to describe blackness? What would that look like? Once placed back in their appropriate historical context do these new images / items carry the same message?

What are the items that prove extance of location? What are the items that inherently hold stories more than others? There are many places I have never been yet I still know they exist. I know from postcards, the stories people share, photographs and other (mainly) physical ephemera. If I can create the ephemera, I can help curate the stories each of these items hold and in doing so help tell not my, but our story of which I am but a small part. If you make an object that adheres to the rules of said object the question becomes not who made this, but where did you get this from. Where is not ownership. Where is a location. One physical location that all of these items live in is a thrift store. Thrift stores are a portrait of a town like nothing else can be as old memories are left for someone to pick them up and make new ones. These items are physical manifestations of an otherwise intangible past. No one is going ten towns over, a towns residents go wherever is closest. My thrift store is named Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime.

 

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EDUCATION

BFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2001-2005

SOLO EXHBITIONS

2014
Black Internet, gallery: SENSEI, New York, NY
2012
Frequent Aberrations 2009-2012, 7Dunham, Brooklyn, NY
2010
A Thugtrospective of Realness: A solo effort from Azikiwe Mohammed, Panda Gallery, New York, NY
2007
The Universe Is Full of Shadow Ninjas So Watch Your Back Son: A solo effort from Azikiwe Mohammed, gallery: SENSEI, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Jameco Exchange via No Longer Empty, 89-62B 165th Street, Queens, NY
Spring Break Art Show, Moynihan Station, New York, NY
Timeshare, BHQFU, New York, NY
Material Arts Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
2015
Spring Break Art Show, Moynihan Station, New York, NY
Power, Protest and Resistance, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014
Radical Color, Newspace Ccenter for Photography, Portland Oregon
Experior, Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Not So Soft, La Peche Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
I Am Here (Blacking The Internet), Culturefix, New York, NY
Fifteen Warren, 15 Warren Street, New York, NY
Spring Break Art Show, The Old School, New York, NY
2013
Spring Break Art Show, Moynihan Station, New York, NY
2011
The Camera Club of New York’s Annual Silent Benefit Photo Auction, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
The Panda Show, Panda Gallery, New York, NY
2010
A Thugtrospective of Realness: A solo effort from Azikiwe Mohammed, Panda Gallery, New York NY
The Adult Playground, Spinks Gallery, New York, NY
The Aljira Fine Art Auction 2010, Newark, NJ
Behind the Scenes, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
New Works curated by Jon Decola, Hostetter Arts Center, Martinsville, NJ
New Visions of Old Things: Installation, Panda Gallery, New York, NY
Le Roman Du Lievre, MTS Gallery, Anchorage, AK (a traveling exhibition)
2009
The Panda Show, Panda Gallery, New York, NY
The Camera Club of New York’s Annual Silent Benefit Photo Auction, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
My Other Nature, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
2008
The Camera Club of New York’s Annual Silent Benefit Photo Auction, The Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
Love Love The Art of John McLane and Friends, OpenHouse Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Back To Analog, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
New Beginnings, gallery: SENSEI, New York, NY
2006
Memories Of My Father, gallery: SENSEI, New York, NY
Hungry Ghosts, The Glasshouse, New York, NY
Offshore/On-Board: Surf Art reconsidered, Ashley Tyler Gallery, NY, NY
2005
Group Show #1, Be Nice Gallery, New York, NY

GRANTS
2015 – Art Matters Foundation

RESIDENCIES
2016
Mana Fine Arts, mana BSMT Program, Jersey City, New Jersey
2015
Pioneer Works
, Red Hook, Brooklyn
2013 – 2014
Mana Fine Arts
, Jersey City, New Jersey

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Http://www.artspace.com/magazine/news_events/art-fairs/best-of-spring-break-2016-53566
Artspace, March, 2016
Http://www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/field-trip/azikiwe-mohammed-field-trip-53020 Artspace, March, 2015
Http://www.manhattanportage.com/lifestyle/2015/02/10/azikiwe-mohammed/ Manhattan Portage, February, 2015
Http://www.complex.com/art-design/2014/03/azikiwe-mohammed-art-interview Complex Magazine, March, 2014
Http://thesource.com/2014/03/11/free-insert-favorite-rapper-here-now-available-on-tapestries-thanks-to-artist-azikiwe-mohammed/ The Source, March, 2014
Http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/creators-of-the-black-internet-the-art-of-azikiwe-mohammed Afropunk, February, 2014
Http://massappeal.com/azikiwe-mohammeds-frequent-aberrations/ Mass Appeal, October, 2012
Http://www.vice.com/read/azikiwe-mohammed-takes-beautiful-pictures-of-his-roadside-meals Christian Storm, courtesy of Vice, November, 2012

 

 

1. My First Time Ashraf, 2016, Audio Recording Ripped From         Custom Made Record

 

2. My First Time Mushira, 2016, Audio Recording Ripped From         Custom Made Record