Fahamu PECOU

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Born in 1975.
Lives and works in Atlanta (Georgia).

Fahamu Pecou received a BFA from Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in Atlanta where he teaches philosophy. As an artist and scholar, his work examines the aesthetic codes of hip-hop, fine art and African-American popular culture. Fahamu Pecou’s paintings, artistic performances and academic work addresses concerns about contemporary representations of black masculinity and how these images affect reading.

Playing with the self-portrait’s codes, in a performance which takes form in painting, the artist tells his story and, through it, that of his community. Playing with history and the perception we have of it, society is then perpetually put into question.  Thus, the work of art takes shape in the entire creative process. The photography, in a theatrical setting, reveals what will be drawn or painted later. Art thus becomes a dialogue allowing a different understanding of the world and of individuality.

His work is included in numerous public collections: Seattle Art Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture (Washington), Société Générale (Paris), the West Collection in Philadelphia…