ich bin Renate.
ich fotografiere viel.
ich liebe Musik gern.
und daß ist alles.
(als früher bekannt Through Mine Eyes...)
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I used to blame artist like Kara Walker and Michael Ray Charles for limiting the subject matter of black artists to being black. And then I woke up and realized that the art world embraces the outsider theory, and thats why you don’t hear about black artist making things not about being black. So it’s not their fault, but i’m still not a fan of their work. 

come to me, my precious!

come to me, my precious!

A Safe Haven for Whites →

this blog is contemporary art. 

this is contemporary art.

this is contemporary art.

(Quelle: beyonseh, via thequeenbey)

replace film with art and this is me as hell in every fucking critique. 

(Quelle: stanleykubricky, via thechanelmuse)

I was told yesterday that my work was too calm, cool, and calculated and 

"as the only black person in a room full of white people, you kinda have to say things nicely to be heard, right? so maybe you shouldn’t be so nice. get rough and angry."

1) I don’t make art for white people. 

2) rough and angry is what is expected of me. I dont have time for that. you want my work to be angry and rough so I can be dismissed because its angry? 

3) my work is calm, cool, and calculated because it is conceptual. I consider every element of my work and present it as a professional. I was never an art student. I am an artist. 

4) I sure as shit don’t make art for white people. 


Made By Whites, For Whites: Nick Cave at the Jack Shainman Gallery

Nick Cave’s Made By Whites, For Whites, hosted by the Jack Shainman Gallery through October 4, examines the ways in which everyday objects have been used to enforce a culture of racism throughout recent history.  It is a particularly evocative exhibit given the recent attempt of a Colorado school board to encourage a curriculum that condemns civil disobedience, key to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s, as unpatriotic.

Cave, who is primarily known for his Soundsuits, first got the idea for the exhibit when he found a container in the shape of a black man’s head at a flea market labeled, simply, “SPITOON.”  He began collecting such “black inflammatory objects,” from piano stools to lawn ornaments, which served to justify segregation and civil injustices by embedding racist stereotypes in American visual culture.

In some cases, Cave presents an object hardly altered from the state in which it was found.  Wall placards describe not only the place he found it, but also the original purpose of the object.  The functional context he provides for pieces such as “Sacrifice”—originally used as a carnival ring toss—or “End Upheld”—a piano stool held up by a kneeling black man—underlines the way in which the Sambo figure was used to enforce the image of black servitude. 

But Cave does more than merely remind us of this extremely unsavory aspect of our visual past.  Surrounded by lights, electric candles, and porcelain birds, the same sambo figures that served to promote racism are re-contextualized as martyrs or saints that have endured it and shouldered its weight.  They become shrines to those who have struggled against the very racism that the images’ original makers sought to promote.

Made By Whites, For Whites, then, is a demand that we not forget that American visual culture finds in its roots some extremely problematic imagery.  It demands that this piece of American history is not brushed under the rug.  But it also provides a new way to re-dignify the images themselves through re-contextualization and reuse.

The gallery also provides free copies of White Paper, a short magazine dedicated to the exhibit that reprints Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Should Blacks Collect Racist Memorabilia, originally published in The Root in June, 2013.

Made For Whites, By Whites is on display at Jack Shainman Gallery, at 513 W. 20th st, New York, NY, through October 4, 2014. 

-Aaron Mayper





Queen Janelle 

The most carefree of the carefree black girls

Have you accepted Janelle Monae as your Lord and Saviour?

Love herrrr

(via realizinganidealizedworld)

(Quelle: sonikdeath, via thecultureofme)


Luis Camnitzer | This is a Mirror You are a Written Sentence


Luis Camnitzer | This is a Mirror You are a Written Sentence

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yes. just. yes. 


Fred Wilson’s current exhibition at Pace features two important sculptures, “The Mete of the Muse” (2006) and “Ota Benga” (2008), which raise critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion, and urge viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives. “Sculptures, Paintings, and Installations” is located at 534 West 25th Street, New York through October 18.