Titled after Davies’s premiering body of work specifically produced for his first solo show in America, HOD creates a narrative of reclamation through displaced and radically alienated African artifacts taken and since kept in the West.
The impact their radiant energies have on both the spaces they have been removed from, as well as the spaces they now inhabit, is a core theme of HOD. The films that collectively constitute HOD forefront fantastical custodians of African artifacts, drawing upon aspects of collective memory as well as individual lived experience.
In dialogue with his films Davies presents totemic flags inspired by Fante Asafo Flags, created for the fantastical custodians. By providing physicality to the films’ mythology, these textile sculptures attest to his inclination for full, meticulous expression of moving image storytelling through celebration of multidisciplinary artisanship in Davies practice and modes of producing.
The necessity of creating and adding to a global inclusive Black mythology is one that enables a continuing dialogue surrounding the frequency of identity: who are we, where are we from and where are we now?
Taking one of many unresolved, destructive legacies of colonialism as a starting point, the exhibition reflects the intersection of cultural collision by paying homage to the shared histories of the global African Black diaspora as an engine to discuss our present and future.
Akinola Davies Jr. thematizes displacement through radically alienated African artifacts in the West and reflects on the intersection of cultural collision by paying homage to the shared histories of the global African Black diaspora.
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All artwork by Akinola Davies Jr.
Presented & Curated by Sketchedspace
Creative Producer: Moya DeYoung
Project Producer: Deborah Joyce Holman
Costume Designers: Mowalola Ogunlesi, Neesha Champaneria, Rhona Ezuma, Feben Vemmenby, Ola Oluwa Ebiti
Sound: Dutch E Germ
Exhibition Design: Joseph Bond Studio
Photo & Video: Ahad Subzwari