Los-Angeles based artist Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) spoke to curator, writer and Associate Director of Hawai'i Contemporary Sara Raza about his practice and his recent debut UK solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary: In The Court of The Crimson Queen or White Lady On Horse. His work will be on view in Made in LA 2020 - A Version at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles - reopening 2021.
UMAR RASHID (FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS)
For the past seventeen years, the artist has documented the complex, historical and episodic saga of a fictional world superpower – the Frenglish Empire. Across portraits, maps, flags, artefacts, vignettes and drawings and other visual remnants of an imagined empire and its multiple interactions, Rashid reveals pivotal events and the ever-changing fortunes of a lively array of protagonists, both elite and quotidian, all peculiar to a highly novel parallel universe.
Across portraits, maps, flags, artefacts, vignettes and drawings and other visual remnants of an imagined empire and its multiple interactions, Rashid reveals pivotal events and the ever-changing fortunes of a lively array of protagonists, both elite and quotidian, all peculiar to a highly novel parallel universe. In this polyglot and multi-racial world of the mid 17th and late 19th centuries, Rashid collapses time, geography and the real-life dichotomies of race, class, gender, religion, sexuality and, power.
Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) was born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He earned his BA at Southern Illinois University in 2000
She is currently based in New York where she divides her time running her independent global curatorial studio, teaching on the MA Curatorial Practice program, and working remotely for Hawai’i Contemporary.
She was most recently the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator for the Middle East and North Africa based at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York where she organised the exhibition But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa which traveled up the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan, Italy. Formerly, she was the curator of Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Head of Education and Public Programs at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, and curator of public programs at Tate Modern, London among other institutions.
Raza has curated projects for biennials, festivals and museums internationally across Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America, and is the longstanding West and Central Asia editor of ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is currently editing a book on her research entitled Punk Orientalism.
Recorded: November 2020