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Last Rite Print - Limited Edition of 50

Nsenga Knight

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In 1965 Malcolm X was assassinated in front of a crowd of people as he gave a speech in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Although he was a famous and courageously outspoken Black Muslim leader, very few people from the American Muslim community stepped up to perform his janaza (Islamic burial ritual) due to fear or retaliation and murder. Malcolm X was a hero to countless people - both known and unknown to him. One of the people who loved him from afar was Hisham Jaaber, an African American Muslim leader from New Jersey. I was inspired by the way Hisham Jaaber - an absolute stranger to Malcolm X, courageously cared for him in his death ritual as if he were his true brother, inserting himself into the story of Malcolm X at a time when he and his family so desperately needed support. I want viewers of Last Rite to consider what they would do if their hero died and needed their help in their. I want viewers to feel that they can be a hero at any moment so long as they choose courage. I want viewers to think about their purpose and consider what Malcom X died for. What would you die for? I am inspired by the conceptual arts movement and often use the most simple gestures - like whiting out faces, to convey meaning. As an artist who is heavily invested in both abstract and archiving/ documentary practices, I approach history and the telling of important stories from a personalized vantage point, seeking to drawing the viewer into the story while allowing them to explore various vantage points. For me, history is abstract and we are doing our best to piece together stories. What matters most to me is that the viewer connects and is inspired. Last Rite was created through a process that involves manual Lithograph printing and ends in photography. Each Limited Edition print is signed on front an numbered by the artist

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Print:Giclee on Canvas

Size:12 W x 16 H x 1.25 D in

Size with Frame:13.75 W x 17.75 H x 1.25 D in

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My paintings, drawings, prints, and collaborative social practice projects reference Islamic ritual and cosmology, Black history archives, and personal memoirs. My creative process is grounded in research and experimentation within abstract, documentary and conceptual art traditions. I was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents who immigrated to the US from the Caribbean and South America in the 1970’s as teenagers and converted from Christianity to Islam as young adults, raising me within their new faith and country. Their fluid and willful transitions between place, philosophies, and histories has developed my understanding of the visual world – its nuances and boundaries, and the need to resist, reevaluate, and push beyond its limits. Through the experience of looking at/ participating in my artwork, I am inviting my audiences to embrace new possibilities that challenge traditional boundaries of race, nationhood, and religion; and create wholly new constructions that broaden our collective imaginations. Nsenga Knight was born in 1981 in Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt and New York. Knight has been awarded with a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, a Southern Constellations Fellowship, the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and Brooklyn Arts Council grants. She has held artist residencies at BRICworkspace in Brooklyn, NY, the Drawing Center in New York, Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas, Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Film/Video Arts Center in New York, and was a BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Multimedia Artist in Resident in Brooklyn, NY.

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