Tour Schedule:

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
August 26 – October 8, 2016

Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery
Weber State University
Ogden, UT
February 23 – April 7, 2018

Museum of Art
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH
August 27 – October 21, 2018

Michael C. Carlos Museum
Emory University
Atlanta, GA
January 19 – April 28, 2019

The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
May 23 – August 25, 2019


Available for 8 week bookings

For more information, please contact Katie McCampbell: mccampbellkg@cofc.edu

DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance

 This solo exhibition features the work of Fahamu Pecou, an artist profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence – life and death – today. Violence in our society is endemic and pervasive. Undeniably Black bodies are disproportionately affected, through the shameful legacy of slavery and Jim Crow to current day shootings. In the midst of this Pecou asks, “Under looming threat of death, how might we inspire life? Through what mechanisms could we resist the psychological violence and despair inspired by the threat of violence and usher in hope?” Or how might art serve as a “space of resistance?”

DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance serves as one artist’s action in opposition to these overwhelming societal forces, seeking instead to elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death. Through performance, painting, drawing and video Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from Yoruba/ Ifa ritual to cultural retentions of hip-hop to the philosophy of Négritude, and through this shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.



Fahamu Pecou is an Atlanta-based visual artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. As Pecou states: “My work seeks to provide a crucial intervention in contemporary representations of Black masculinity. I began my career experimenting with the branding strategies employed in hip-hop music and entertainment. These experiments ultimately led me to question not only the stereotypes engendered by the commodification of hip-hop culture, but more, to consider how the influence of historic and social configurations of race, class and gender impact and inform these representations.”

Pecou’s work is featured in noted private and public national and international collections including: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Societe Generale (Paris), Nasher Museum at Duke University, The High Museum of Art, Paul R. Jones Collection, Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.


Read more about Pecou and the exhibition’s debut at the Halsey at the original exhibition website.



Emmett Still
A Short Film by Fahamu Pecou
Runtime: 14.45 minutes

With original soundtrack featuring: Fahamu Pecou, Killer Mike, DFocis, Ekundayo, AlletheHuman

This soundtrack is dedicated to the many men, women and families whose lives are forever impacted by the violent disruption of systemic racism, prejudice and extra-legal police activity. #BlackLivesMatter

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Amond Jackson at Salem Psalms, Atlanta GA
Executive Producers: Karen Marie Mason & Fahamu Pecou

PLEASE BE AWARE: This film contains strong language that may not be suitable for all.


ARTIST’S WEBSITE: www.fahamupecouart.com

This exhibition was organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.


Community Partners 2017