The nineteenth-century witnessed the 'Americanization' of the African body through the brutal complex of slavery. A capitalist ploy -- one that secured the proseprity of a white investors -- permanently implicated black peoples in a dialectic struggle for control. Systems of control, both psychological and material, are the point of departure for this exhibition. In a series of historic and modern pairings, Embodying Blackness, traces the continuum of black re-humanization through the lens of contemporary art and commodity. The pairings are twofold. By displaying designed for torture, the exhibition visualizes the clandestine genesis of the African American archive while simultaneously signifying the creative appropriation of the 'master's tools' as a means of survival...online exhibition
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Hank Willis Thomas, Branded Head, 2008