R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid
[If the map to freedom was etched on the inside of your forehead,
would you carve back the skin and follow the route to your roots?]
On view until December 11, 2016 in the Hawn Gallery
Basil Kincaid’s R3clamation: Routes and Roots is the third iteration of the artist’s Reclamation Project and is, among other things, an intimate examination of his hometown of St. Louis. (Each iteration of the Reclamation Project is site specific in that it draws its materials from its immediate geographical location.) R3clamation: Routes & Roots responds to the vexed problem of race relations in America, which have recently crystalized in St. Louis: issues of black oppression, black rebellion, and contemporary liberation movements, such as Black Lives Matter. Kincaid’s act of collecting and reclaiming common materials is a process of self-liberation and self-healing. By drawing upon personal and cultural memory, he explores how black experience is both enduring trauma and a means of overcoming trauma. This individual journey, etched on the inside of the artist’s forehead, ultimately moves outward in an ambitious attempt to intervene in the political landscape of America.
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