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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

 


Maker(s):Rashid, Umar; Frohawk Two Feathers
Culture:American (1976- )
Title:Apollo in Irons ("I need a new nigga for this black cloud to follow, 'cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow."), from the series It's Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and other Conflicts 1782-1797
Date Made:2012
Type:Painting
Materials:Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on paper
Place Made:North America; United States; New York; New York City
Measurements:Frame: 34 in x 26 1/2 in; 86.4 cm x 67.3 cm; Sheet: 29 3/4 in x 22 1/4 in x 1 in; 75.6 cm x 56.5 cm x 2.5 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2012.19
Credit Line:Purchase with the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund
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Description:
Bust-length self-portrait of the artist in an oval field; he wears a white shirt and manacles on his hands; plants in background.

Label Text:
In this painting, the imaginary character Apollo wears a white wig reminiscent of 18th-century French nobility and his wrists are shackled with old-fashioned manacles. In his series It's Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and other Conflicts 1782-1797, Umar Rashid, (who also calls himself Frohawk Two Feathers) gives us a glimpse into a fantastical world—an alternate version of history in which 18th-century France and England have joined forces to become an unstoppable colonial power that Rashid calls the Frenglish Empire . Rashid depicts characters and imagined scenes from this strange yet familiar world, focusing his skilled brush and imaginative vision on colonized peoples and places.

Tags:
self-portraits; African American; postcolonialism; tattoos; fiction; narrative; writing; enslaved persons; enslaved persons

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