About the Work
Sohaib, attache’ to the Frenglish East India Company in Bengal. A dashing man and capable fighter.
Umar Rashid is a storyteller who uses his visual works as vehicles for contemporary mythmaking and transformative relearning. Blending factual histories with the fictional details of the Frenglish Empire (1658-1880), Rashid illuminates the intersecting realities of colonial forces and indigenous peoples, crafting alternative narratives that give way to freshly imagined futures.
Our series of four print editions created by Rashid is a perfect illustration of how his practice conceptually elevates an imagined world by utilizing consistent iconography to weave symbolic thread through past, present, and future. In his own words:
"The main focus of my work is the stories and reinvented histories of people of color, who are oftentimes marginalized and omitted from the historical record, and the intricacies of race, gender, class, and overall power in the colonial world. In the process of writing and illustrating this history, I’ve created alternative narratives that reference the main narrative and focus on the cosmologies of the empires, with a focus on religion and spirituality. And the common thread throughout the work — aside from the written narrative — is iconography as a place marker between past, present, and future. This element is realized in the oeuvre in the “Imperial Tattoo System” — a classifying mechanism I use to define and differentiate the characters in the story — and within the maps, and cosmological diagrams. The narrative is also massively informed by the hip hop culture of my youth (golden age), various (modern and ancient) pop culture references, gang and prison culture, and revolutionary movements throughout time."
Umar Rashid (b. 1976, Chicago, IL) is the civilian name of the artist Frohawk Two Feathers. Rashid has held solo exhibitions at Almine Rech (Paris), Cokkie Snoei (Rotterdam), Blum and Poe (Los Angeles), and Half Gallery (New York). Select group exhibitions include presentations at Isaac Bell House (Newport) curated by Alison Gingeras & Dodie Kazanjian, Galerie Droste (Paris), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Transformative Arts Now (Los Angeles), Tiwani Contemporary (London), New Image Art (Los Angeles), Johannes Vogt (New York), Jeffery Deitch (Los Angeles), Studio d Arte Raffaeli (Trento), and the Cape Town Art Fair at the Tyburn Gallery (Cape Town). Rashid's work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Conseil Regional de la Guadeloupe, Hudson River Museum (Yonkers), Jorge Pérez Collection (Miami), Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Cape Town). Rashid currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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