TOO REAL4 THE TOKEN COONS,
TOO AESTHETICALLY CONCERNED 4 THE STOCK UP IN THE MUD FELLAS.
Published on US based conceptual art magazine by independent artist @Reinarde
Manifesto to claim personal and spatial subjectivity:The collection of works rethinks manhood with notions of epistemicide. Proclaiming the African identity over the accursed label ‘Blackness’, the western-made social identity which in some ways declare metaphysical under-developments.
transnational link up in between 5 African artists in the diaspora celebrating an interrogating attitude towards colonial conditions imposed upon Blackmale bodies. From Leeds, Huddersfield, Boston, Rio do Mouro and Hatfield each artist reflects on the nature of their bodies in these cities.
African Manhood in this
context is referring to experiences lived by bodies socially understood as Black + male in western landscapes; We stare at how these bodies navigate alongside colonial architectures and monuments in actual times; How we navigate in grounds that marginalise our humanity. Looking at citizenship and rights, how we trace or contradict colonial patterns. Thus ‘Too real 4 the token coons, too aesthetically concerned 4 the stuck in the mud fellas’ As a slogan interrogates colonial conditions of belonging here and stresses the urgency of the matter ‘life’ + ‘death’ through questioning realities.
‘Say Yes’ Kester Messan