Details:

Borne out of comedian Paul Mooney’s adage “Everybody wants to be a n****r, nobody wants to be a n****r,” "Picture for Paul Mooney" turns the conception of Black identity in on itself.
Framed: 29.5 x 44.5 x 1.0 in.
Edition 1 of 3

① Artwork:

Picture for Paul Mooney (Everybody Wants / Nobody Wants)

Borne out of comedian Paul Mooney’s adage “Everybody wants to be a n****r, nobody wants to be a n****r,” Picture for Paul Mooney turns in on itself the conception of Black identity—or the striving for and theft of this identity. A set of hands holding a white baseball cap becomes a stand-in for a potential future not controlled by institutional force.

Specs:

43.2 inches
28.2 inches
with frame
44.5 inches
29.5 inches

③ Artist:

Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman uses found archival material alongside contemporary ephemera to address slippage in memory and language, particularly when it comes to race and visibility. His installation work (often site-specific) uses video, projections, photographic light boxes and photo collages printed on layered transparencies and paper. Huffman works at the intersection of several disciplines, and he holds an MFA in both the literary arts and studio art.

④ Additional:

Exhibitions

Medford, MA, Tufts University Art Gallery, Now That I Can Dance, 2020

Marfa, Ballroom Marfa, The Way You Make Me Feel, 2018

Installation view, Jibade-Khalil Huffman: The Way You Make Me Feel, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX, 2018. Courtesy of Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles and Magenta Plains, New York. Photography by Alex Marks.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman:
Picture for Paul Mooney (Everybody Wants / Nobody Wants), 2018
C-print
28.2 × 43.2 inches /
Jibade-Khalil Huffman:
Picture for Paul Mooney (Everybody Wants / Nobody Wants), 2018
C-print
28.2 × 43.2 inches /
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