EXHIBIT OPENS SEPTEMBER 12, 2015- HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE
ARTIST TALK/RECEPTION -SEPTEMBER 12, 2015, 2:00PM
CODE: FOR OUR USE ONLY proposes the notion of the "Black Codes". A covert language system instructing the African-American community on how to navigate around its inconsistencies and internal issues when faced with having to deliver an adequate responsive message in the wake of social trauma. These carefully crafted visual epitaphs aim to be soluble actionable items that infiltrate and hijack public and digital space equally, mimicking the physical space we occupy in society but with a desire to serve a greater purpose. Like our physical bodies, the codes operate in discretion, behaving as an autonomous language system unique to African-Americans only. With dramatic overtones, the code system way of communicating attempts to cause restorative affects in the four most vital areas that beg of reform within our community. Economy, Religion, Education and Politics. Implying that the African-American community has misinterpreted these areas to date and how interfacing this misinterpretation attributes to the calamity we continue to experience in this country.
CODE: FOR OUR USE ONLY is an Afro-Futurist conceptual work that explores the relationship between messaging and communication and the role it plays within the African-American community, promoting a need for stability when provoked into a state of fear and confusion, causing trauma on the black psyche. Most inflated after having witnessed a racially charged occurrence communicated through a narrow media system. The conversation then becomes an internal question of why and how our community should respond. Preferably in a way that disarms the historical social narrative legitimizing the demise of African-American social welfare.
There is a strict division between what is messaged on the surface and what is often communicated behind closed doors. Black Dinner Table conversations reveal the desire for a subversive method of interfacing with society by way of a “Code of Conduct” system; a series of items the community puts into practice on stealth mode as a way of affirming our role in society and serving as an appropriate response to deter social mistreatment.
Most recently called into play in lieu of the recent racially charged terroristic event in Charleston, SC where nine people were killed dead in church and how the response of forgiveness was lauded on the surface but chided internally with discussions now revolving around religion and interpretation in the African-American community.
Often deeming the mind of an American black girl as the final frontier, Farrah's images are a paradox of her own personal laments, questions on race relations, social issues, spiritual matters, and women, combining the impossible with the even further intangible. Her artistic vision deviates from the typical expectation of art to the uncommon and uncomfortable; thus displaying her penchant for versatility. Exhibiting her talent more recently by dabbling in themes of science fiction and magic, as a self-proclaimed Afro-Futurist, afros and issues collide under an umbrella of experimental artistic methods, allowing her to complete several groundbreaking works/series.
"In an effort to implode trained minds, my work will never be typical, avant-garde, or right by the standard. In my opinion the eyes need and crave diversity and our minds something erotically impressionable always. Rather than stay on the artistic straight and narrow, a few zigzags are more appealing to my aesthetic".-Farrah
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