Fear into Fire: Reclaiming Black Male Identity Through the Art of Tattooing is an investigation into the politics of the body and the narratives behind tattoos. Focusing on issues of representation, identity formation and personal narrative; the work in this exhibition centers on the body as a medium for shaping culture. In this context, tattoos can directly translate the complicated stories and identities of individual black men’s lives to others.
By exploring the meanings and connections of the body and the tattoo, the exhibition seeks to examine the:
*intimacy of using the body for expression and storytelling
*beauty and complexities of engaging the black male body
*tattoo artist and recipient’s relationship as a bonding and cultural ritual for black men of the Hip-Hop generation
*the body as an alternative space where masculinity and identity formation can occur
This exhibition is curated by Columbia College alum, Nicole Harrison.
Participating artists are Shasta Bady, Jabari Zuberi, Jamel Shabazz and Akintola Hanif.
Trough March 2