In 2010, award-winning painter, performance artist and cultural critic Fahamu Pecou began a collection of work called "HARD 2 DEATH". The work, divided into 3 suites of paintings and accompanying videos, questions the celebration and attraction of self-destructive behaviors in black male culture. The series has received numerous accolades having been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. as well as Paris, France.
In 2011, Pecou began developing the next phase of this body of work under the title "If Heaven had Heights..". "If Heavens..." looks at the faulty media representations of masculinity projected at young black males. The works in this series, which include; paintings, drawings, experimental animations, video and performance, challenge popular constructs of black masculinity as seen in contemporary music, film and other forms of entertainment.
Your contribution to this project will help fund the development of the works in this series as well as an accompanying website. "If Heaven had Heights..." is scheduled to debut September 2012 at Lyons Wier Gallery (New York, NY) and at Backslash Gallery (Paris, France), January 2013.
To see images and video from "Hard 2 Death" visit www.Hard2Death.tumblr.com
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