Frohawk Two Feathers: The Art of Storytelling

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS is an artist, historian, and storyteller, so what stories from the past does he want us to know?

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Besides talking about race, class, culture, gender, and creating a dialogue where all parties regardless of qualifiers can have an honest conversation. In addition to that, I want to tell a new story that is all together ancient that speaks to the laymen and women as well as the experts. I feel it necessary to keep one foot in academia and one in the street. Everyone might not get it but everyone is invited.

Frohawk Two Feathers: Racism in the U.S. is . . .

I asked FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS to explain or describe racism in the United States . . .Frohawk Two Feathers

How much time do you have really? Ha! Well, racism in the United States is endemic as it arrived with the first European to step of a ship unto shore. It has endured throughout all the wars and nation-building and has spread to the north, south, and west. It is an insidious disease that it carried in the heart of the descendants of the original colonists and adopted by the immigrants that followed them. In the cases where it has been purged from the hearts of the individual, its parasitic tendrils have attached itself to the very institution that is the nation and has largely become policy. It is something we all are entirely aware of and naïve to at the same time. It is a cancer that can be cured only if the host is willing to die. We all endure however in spite of it.

Frohawk Two Feathers on History and His Participation in Race and Revolution

RACE AND REVOLUTION is an art show that looks at the attitudes of the colonists that shaped the United States. Artist FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS discusses why chose to participate in the show.

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I wanted to participate in this show because it was coming from a place after my own heart. Also, I was impressed by the knowledge and passion of the curator (Katie Fuller) and the location of the inaugural exhibition, Governor’s Island. Having just wrapped up a chapter (3 years) of my historical narrative in New York I wanted to make a piece that kicks off the next chapter of that story and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that. I’m also pleased to exhibit alongside some wonderful artists with practices not unlike my own and show work that is in stark contrast to the “wallpaper du jour” that is ubiquitous these days.

The Historical Art of Frohawk Two Feathers

FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS teaches us about his imagined history that is based on the very real consequences of Colonialism.

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My name is Umar Rashid and I make art, under the assumed name of Frohawk Two Feathers, that deals with race, class, and gender in an alternative historical/colonial narrative that I’ve been writing and illustrating since 2006. What sets my work apart from the usual historical narrative is that I diverted from the canon after the death of Oliver Cromwell and created a massive super empire called Frengland out of the union of France and England in the late 17th century. The work also form a bridge to the present as most of the events that have occurred throughout history eventually repeats itself, oftentimes with not much variance from the first time. My narrative spans 300 years, is global in scope, and comes to a screeching halt in 1880 coinciding with the end of slavery in the Americas.

Ann Lewis (gilf!): The Role of an Artist in Society

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We are leaders in thought and creating on the forefront of a collective consciousness. It is our duty to develop creative solutions to the challenges we face as a society. It’s not enough for art to be beautiful. In 2016 it must challenge our corrupt system, provide innovative discussions, and inspire a generation to develop the change we need. 

Ann Lewis (gilf!) and her role in Race and Revolution

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As an artist I am intently focused on exploring the various dimensions of Justice. Discussing means of achieving equality and justice for all is of the utmost importance in my work. I chose to be a part of this project because understanding our history is imperative to creating a present and future which allows us all to grow and thrive.

 

Artist Profile: Ann Lewis (gilf!)

ANN LEWIS‘s deeply political work is going to be an exciting contribution to RACE AND REVOLUTION this summer on Governors Island. This week she will be sharing her thoughts on racism, community, and the power of art.

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Lewis began creating art in 2008 in response to the atrocities of the second Bush administration. These works were illegal, public conversations meant to instigate dialog with those she would never meet. Since then she has developed a professional, full-time practice as a multi-disciplinary artist showing in galleries around the world and on the street in various forms.

Lewis is known for her work in a wide range of media, including participatory events, murals, uncommissioned street work, gallery installations, and curatorial projects. She is probably best known for her various installations of Gentrification in Progress police caution tape across homes, business. and cultural touchstones that are slated for destruction in favor of luxury condos.

She installed a massive version of the tape (250’X4′) at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York, in 2014. In 2015 she was invited to The White House to exhibit her work discussing mass incarceration and systemic inequality.

 

Cannupa Hanska: The Artist’s Role in a Community

As the week winds down, so does our time getting to know CANNUPA HANSKA. Come see his beautiful sculpture at this summer’s public art show RACE AND REVOLUTION.

Q: What role does or should an artist have in society?

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A: Art is powerful in its simplicity. It can convey ideas across class and culture, due to its lack of reliance on language. This makes it one of the most powerful tools of communication and cross-cultural understanding. There is an inherent value of culture which is life-enhancing, entertaining, and defines our personal and national identities. Art is a deceptively simple way to access complex cultures that might otherwise be overlooked. Art allows space to tell these complex stories and share information about the human experience, that historically, has been otherwise erased.