In conjunction with our virtual exhibition Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home, we are posting responses to artist’s works from interns, students, and others both on and off the College of Charleston campus. Visit the exhibition at displacements.org.
Fahamu Pecou, an Atlanta based artist who focuses on the Black male in America, speaks to the notion of home through his grav·i·ty series (2013-2014). Pecou encourages the viewer to reflect upon fashion as an art form and how it connects with Black American culture. Additionally, with the artistic use of dress and style, one can express their character, culture, and history. In other words, dress can represent a piece of home.
In the grav·i·ty series, Pecou furthers this idea by drawing the observer in to understand and respect the style choice depicted in these works. The figure’s untied sneakers, accompanied by baggy jeans that reveal layered undergarments, encourages the viewer to reflect on this distinct style. Through these pieces, Pecou successfully draws the viewer in to question how culture and character are intertwined with clothes.
-by Allston Allison, Halsey Institute intern