HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View
HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014
12 February - 12 February 2014
Installation View

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

HANK WILLIS THOMAS / BLACK RIGHTEOUS SPACE / FEATURING THE BROTHER MOVES ON / 2014 - Installation View

12 February - 12 February 2014

GOODMAN GALLERY in association with THE BLACK CUBE SESSIONS presents the premiere of Hank Willis Thomas’ video installation Black Righteous Space. Opening 12/2/2014 at THE ALEXANDER THEATRE.

This audio activated installation is made up of three screens, placed together to form a stage. The middle screen begins with the loaded symbol of Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) flag, The original colors from the flag have been replaced with the colors of the current Republic of South Africa flag to reflect the counter cultural ideologies that overtook the principles of state-sanctioned racism that was once at the core of the country’s nationalistic pursuits. The microphone placed in the middle of stage picks up the sounds around the work and the image on the screen begins to morph and change according to the frequency of the sound. The screens on either side of the AWB logo reflect the American Confederate Rebel Flag with the colors of the Universal Negro Improvement Association flag.

The Brother Moves on will be performing in front of the stage and as the microphone picks up the sound of the performance, the images begin to change creating a visual kaleidoscope of discourses that characterize the multiplicity of voices involved in propelling the motion of history. The vibration of the audio makes its own unique abstraction out of the nationalist signs, using sound to pronounce the arbitrary nature of this symbolism. Between sets the microphone will be open to viewers inviting them to participate in the space, and to insert their own voice into the thrust of history

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.

Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003), as well as his monograph Pitch Blackness (Aperture, 2008). He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad and his work is in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publically at the Oakland International Airport.