Details:

This work is part of a series the artist started in 2020 in response to the civil uprising and protests recognizing the brutal murder of George Floyd. This composition invites the viewer to intimately participate in the Black experience.
Framed: 22.0 x 17.0 x 3.0 in.

① Artwork:

Places I’ve Been With Helicopters # 8 / Bushwick, Brooklyn

This work is part of a series the artist started in 2020 in response to the civil uprising and protests recognizing the brutal murder of George Floyd. For the artist, helicopters symbolize the feeling Black men have of constantly being watched—a feeling of being hunted even in their own neighborhoods, including being subjected to restraining curfews. This composition invites the viewer to intimately participate in the Black experience; it is intended both as a gift and an empowering act that operates beyond just inclusion.

Azikiwe's artistic practice encompasses an active social justice bend—including the nomadic New Davonhaime Food Bank and the Black Painters Academy. The artist works serve as images of and productions for Black prosperity. Azikiwe uses uplifting bright colors to depict serious scenes of: shared meals; comfort foods; helicopter searches; waves enclosing on empty lifebuoys; and raging fires that have been metaphorically (and literally) witnessed in 2020/21. In his works, the artist employs carefully placed ephemera, philosophy and vague silhouettes to record and share Black stories.

Specs:

17 inches
22 inches
with frame
17 inches
22 inches

③ Artist:

Azikiwe Mohammed

Azikiwe Mohammed records and shares Black stories in works that combine ephemera and philosophy. The artist uses uplifting bright colors to depict serious scenes that draw on both his personal life and his social justice work—such as sharing meals, helicopter searches and raging fires. Azikiwe’s objects, paintings, videos and installations offer viewers intimate participation while emphasizing inclusion and Black prosperity.

Azikiwe Mohammed:
Places I’ve Been With Helicopters # 8 / Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2021
Acrylic and gouache on board
22.0 × 17.0 inches /
Azikiwe Mohammed:
Places I’ve Been With Helicopters # 8 / Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2021
Acrylic and gouache on board
22.0 × 17.0 inches /