"…Shabazz Palaces are part of Black Constellation, a collective of visual artists (Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nicholas Galanin and Nep Sidhu, who creates their stage clothing), fashion designers and musicians, including the rapper OCnotes and the avant-R&B duo THEESatisfaction, who host a series of parties called Black Weirdo in Seattle, Toronto, New York and Minneapolis.”
“Mother/Land” features eight international artists whose work for this exhibition focuses on the relationship between land and people, reflecting the artists’ observations on displacement. Each of us has a motherland. However, we are not mindful of it in times of peace. It is a symbolic land, a shared imaginary place that forms part of our identity. In times of crisis, however, “motherland” helps bring together individuals experiencing the hardships of forced migration caused by human or ecological disasters, colonization, poverty, etc. This powerful concept provides the nation with a home, a site charged with sentimentalism and nostalgia.
The creation of the prints are a visage to over 10,000 years of indigenous creativity here on the Northwest Coast in America. The motions of creating these images explode, reference and mimic visual movements of a customary Tlingit aesthetic.
A creative continuum that is put into tangible form through traditional existence on this land. The static monotype print is a stellar remnant of what is left, its decay, interpretation and or consumption slowly warped through perspective and collaboration is ‘Where Did It Go’.
If you’re in Seattle before Sept. 5, Butler’s crew Black Constellation has an exhibit at the Frye Art Museum called Your Feast Has Ended, with textiles, sculpture, paintings and video work from Nicholas Galanin, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes (Shabazz Palaces’ video director and mask maker) and Nep Sidhu (Lese Majesty album designer). There’s no better way to hear this album than while walking through the museum wearing headphones.
Artists in Conversation Part 2: The Resurgence of shaMEN
LECTURE WITH MAIKOIYO ALLEY BARNES, NICHOLAS GALANIN, NEGARRA A. KUDUMU, AND NEP SIDHUSaturday, August 2, 2014
1:30 - 2:30 pm
“Your Feast Has Ended is a beginning, a point of departure, and a call to action for those who have been fed upon to realize change.” Panel discussion looking at historical understandings and roles of the male shaman with artists Maikoiyo Alley Barnes, Nicholas Galanin, and Nep Sidhu. Moderated by Seattle-based writer, editor, and researcher Negarra A. Kudumu.