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Nel 2003, dopo essersi trasferito da Chicago, IL a Los Angeles, CA, Umar Rashid (Chicago, 1976), ha iniziato a scrivere e rappresentare la storia dell’Impero Franco-inglese (un insieme di Francia e Inghilterra) dal 1658 al 1880, partendo dal presupposto che la Francia e l’Inghilterra, storicamente antagoniste, avessero in realtà stretto una blanda alleanza e si fossero unificati in un solo, gargantuesco impero coloniale. L’Impero Franco-inglese governava su una vasta area del pianeta, spesso contesa dagli imperi tradizionali storici di Spagna, Portogallo, Olanda, Prussia, Austria (e stati “clienti” del Sacro Romano Impero), Russia e dall’Impero Ottomano. Ma il punto focale sel suo lavoro è la storia reinventata delle persone di colore, che sono state spesso emarginate e omesse dalla grande storia, e la mescolanza di razza, genere, classe e soprattutto potere nel mondo colonial. Nel processo di riscrittura e rappresentazione di questa storia, l’artista ha creato narrazioni alternative che fanno riferimenti alla grande narrativa e alla cosmologia degli imperi, con un focus sulla religione e sulla spiritualità. E il filo rosso del suo lavoro è l’iconografia utilizzata come segno distintivo tra il passato, il presente e il futuro. Questo elemento si ritrova nelle opera attraverso il “Sistema Imperiale di tatuaggi” (un mezzanismo che l’artista utilizza per classificare, definire e differenziare i personaggi nelle storie) e attraverso mappe e diagrammi cosmologici. Il suo sistema narrativo è inoltre largamente influenzato dalla cultura hip hop della sua giovinezza (Età dell’oro), vari riferimenti passati e presenti alla cultura pop, alla cultura delle gang e dei prigionieri, e ai movimenti rivoluzionari nella storia. Umar Rashid attualmente vive e lavora a Los Angeles. Ha esposto le sue opere a livello internazionale in importanti istituzioni pubbliche e gallerie private. 

In 2003, after relocating from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA, Umar Rashid (Chicago, Il. U.S.A 1976) began to write and illustrate the history of the Frenglish Empire 1648-1880 (a portmanteau of France and England) based on the supposition that the historically antagonistic empires of France and England made a tenuous peace and unified into a single, gargantuan, colonial empire. The Frenglish Empire ruled over a large swath of the planet, often challenged by the historical, traditional empires of Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Prussia, Austria (and client states of the Holy Roman Empire), Russia, and the Ottomans. However, the main focus of his work is the stories and reinvented histories of people of color, who are oftentimes marginalized and omitted from the historical record, and the intricacies of race, gender, class, and overall power in the colonial world. In the process of writing and illustrating this history, the artist has created alternative narratives that reference the main narrative and focuses on the cosmologies of the empires, with a focus on religion and spirituality. And the common thread throughout the work (aside from the written narrative) employs iconography as a place marker between past, present, and future. This element is realized in the oeuvre in the “Imperial Tattoo System” (a classifying mechanism he uses to define and differentiate the characters in the story) and within the maps, and cosmological diagrams. The narrative is also massively informed by the hip hop culture of his youth (golden age), various (modern and ancient) pop culture references, gang and prison culture, and revolutionary movements throughout time. Umar Rashid currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited his works internationally in important institutions and private galleries.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

"The Fate of Empires'', Studio d'Arte Raffaelli + Cellar Contemporary, Trento, Italy

2018

"What Is the Color when Black Is Burned? (The Cold War Part1)'', The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon AZ

2017

"The Free Radicals'', Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

"The Messier Objects. (You get the Gods You Deserve). Part 3 of Americas 1795", Johannes Vogt, New York, NY

"The Belhaven Republic (A Delta Blues)", University of Memphis - Galleries A and B, Memphis, TN

2016

"That Ain't Gold, That's a Soul'', New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

2015

"Rampjaar. tbt to that time when we didn't let xenophobia get in the way of some sweet, mother-fucking payback. 1789", Galerie Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, Netherlands

"Kill Your Best Ideas, The Battle for New York and Its Lifeline, the Hudson River", Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY

2014

"MATRIX 170: On Errythang (On Everything)", Wadsworrth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

 "Solo presentation", Volta Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland

 "Heartbreaking and Shit, But that's the Globe: The Battle Of Manhattan", Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

 2013

"We Don't Need No Water (Les Temps de la Chevaucheé)", Narwhal Projects, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"And Those Figures Through The Leaves. And Light Through That Smoke, Part Two to the Americas", Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

"You Can Fall: War of The Morning Arrows", Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ, (also traveled to the Wellin Museum, Hamilton, College, Clinton, NY)

2012

"All Gold Etherething, An Elegy", Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA

"We Buy Gold, We Buy Everything, We Sell Souls", Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO

"Every Winter Was A War, She Said", Heiner Contemporary Washington, D.C.

"It's Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and Other Conflicts (1792-1797)", Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

2011

"The Edge of the Earth Isn't Far From Here", Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

"La Guerre De Machettes Danseuses (The War Of The Dancing Machetes), Crocodile Company, Part 1", Taylor de Cordoba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010

"The Wolf And Hawk War", with Morgan Lehman Gallery, PULSE Miami, Solo booth, Miami, FL

2009

"Frohawk Two Feathers at Scenic", curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala, New York, NY

 

"New York", Galerie Emmanuel Post, Leipzig, Germany

2008

"In The Court Of The Crimson King", Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA

2006

"Last Night, After the Lights Went Out, We Fell", Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA

"25 Bold Moves", curated by Simon Watson & Craig Hensala, House of Campari, Venice, CA

"The Easter Seal", Bent Gallery, South Pasadena, CA

"You and Me", Unitard Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

''30 Years of Dutch Courage'', Galerie Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, Netherlands

''Reimagining Colonial History'', Sun Valley Art Center, Sun Valley, Idaho

"Cape Town Art Fair'', with Tyburn Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

"Forever, A Moment: Black Meditations on Time And Space!'', SOMA Arts. San Francisco, CA

 "Personal Truth'', El Camino College Museum of Art, Torrance, CA / Serpentine Fire Quotidian, Los Angeles, CA

"191919191919'', New image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 2018

''Nada Art Fair'', with Housing NY Gallery, Miami, Florida

''Here'', Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

''Cosmic Traffic Jam'', co-curated, Zevitas Marcus Gallery, Culver City, CA

''The Eye Sees Not Itself'', Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

'Dress Up, Speak Up: Costume and Confrontation'', 21C Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

2017

''Our Moment Is Here'', Zentis Mocaa, Cape Town, South Africa

''Unsettled (traveling exhibition)'', Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada

 2016

''Summer Fling The Barn Show'', Johannes Vogt Gallery, Southampton, NY

2015

''A Primitive Future'', Subliminal Projects, Echo Park, CA

''Voces'', Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles, CA

2014

''Attunement'', The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

 ''Uncertain Terms'', What If The World Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

 "Based on a True Story: Duke Riley and Frohawk Two Feathers'', Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH

 "Ritual and Residue: The Art of Drink'', Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

 2013

"Good Intention: Re-Imagining Rockwell's Boy Scouts", Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

"June Group Show", Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Rocky Mountain High", Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO

"Seat's Taken", Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT

"In Case We Don't Die", Torrance Art Museum

2010

"Stranger Than Fiction", Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

"Opening Ceremony", Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY

"Elise", Titlon Gallery, New York, NY

2007

"Basel", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

"Artforum Berlin", Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2005

"Permafrost At Chettogloss", Chettogloss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Biblio

2019

"The Fate of Empires", Studio d'Arte Raffaelli + Cellar Contemporary, Trento

2018

Caldwell, Ellen C., "Umar Rashid's What is the Color, When Black is Burned?", Riot Material Magazine

2017

Pierrot, Gregory, "To Be the Other of an Other: An Encounter with Frohawk Two Feathers", ASAP/Journal

20015

"Kill Your Best Ideas", published by The Hudson River Museum

Konermann, Alyssa. On view: "Based On A True Story", at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati Magazine

Seda-Reeder, Maria, Truth Telling: "Duke Riley and Frohawk Two Feathers at the Contemporary Arts Center", Cincinnati, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art

2014

Dunne, Susanne, "Art Re-imagines Hartford, World History", The Hartford Courant

Pflaumer, Barbara, "Artists Drinking Beer", Foreground Magazine (Summer)

2013

"You Can Fall. The War of the Mourning Arrows", published by The Visual Art Center of New Jersey and The Wellin Museum

2011

Duncan, Michael, "Soul Searching In The U.S.A.", Art In America, pp.134-139

Yorio, Erika, "Frohawk Two Feathers (February 2011)", Antennae Magazine

"The Edge of the Earth Isn't Far from Here", Stevenson Gallery

2010

Cotter, Holland, "Else", Art in Review (2010 September), The New York Times

"Frohawk Two Feathers", Catalog, Morgan Lehman Gallery

2008

"The Rise and Fall of The Frenglish Empire, Part Four", Flaunt Magazine (2008, June)

"Artistic Vision (paintings reproduced)", Mary Claire Magazine (2008, March)

Myers, Holly, "A chapter from colonial times", Los Angeles Times (2008, February 29)

2007

"New American Paintings No. 73", Jiuried by Alma Ruiz, MOCA Los Angeles (Fall, 2007)

2006

Nys Dambrot, Shana, "Review", Art Ltd (2006, November)

Muchnic, Suzanne, "The ArtExplosion", Los Angeles Times (2006, September)

Nys Dambrot, Shana, "Preview", Flavorpill L.A., No. 184 (2006, September)

2004

Two Feathers, Frohawk, "The Hunter and the Teardrop", (Self Published)

 

Exhibitions

The Fate of Empires

04.04 - 30.09.2019
Opening 04.04.2019