40 1/8 x 30 1/8 " (101.9 x 76.5 cm)
Ed. 10 + 2 AP
Courtesy of the artist and Ben Brown Fine Arts
Awol Erizku (b. 1988) is an American contemporary artist of Ethiopian origins, who lives and works in New York and Los Angeles. Distressed by the lack of representation for people of colour in art history and museums and galleries, Erizku aims to rectify this omission in his photographs, sculptures, and video installations, which are centred upon subjects of colour. In his words, “There are not that many coloured people in the galleries that I went to [growing up] or the museums that I went to. I was just like, when I become an artist I have to put my two cents in this world.” He does this in a critically acclaimed series of photographic portraits, re-crafting famous painted portraits by artists like Vermeer and Caravaggio by replacing their white subjects with contemporary black ones. By re-staging these and other iconic works of art, Erizku engages in critical discourse with the past, cracking open the canon with historically repressed voices.