Polymath Creative Umar Rashid Considers the Imperial Effects of Pandemic
The paintings of the Los Angeles-based artist, historian, poet and musician, also known as Frohawk TwoFeathers, reconfigure colonial and imperial histories. His characters walk the same earth we do, and are beholden the same histories, but their reality is a hyper-saturated, detailed explosion of colonial reimagining that spans a multi-layered matrix of time and geography. Reminiscent of the work of Hector Hyppolite and Henry Darger, Rashid’s two-dimensional worlds flatten our expectations of victory and loss. Working within and through the static limitations of history, Rashid reinvestigates ideas about domination and suppression through nuanced portrayals of historical anecdotes that go beyond colonial criticism and revenge fantasy.