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Apollo in Irons (I need a new n**** for this black cloud to follow, 'cause while it's over me it's too dark to see...

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Frohawk Two-Feathers, Apollo in Irons, from the series It's Yours
Photo Credit: 

Petegorsky/Gipe

On View
Rashid, Umar; Frohawk Two Feathers
American (1976- )
Place made: 
North America; United States; New York; New York City
Apollo in Irons (I need a new n**** for this black cloud to follow, 'cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow.), from the series It's Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and other Conflicts 1782-1797, 2012
Acrylic, ink, coffee, and tea on paper
Frame: 34 in x 26 1/2 in; 86.4 cm x 67.3 cm; Sheet: 29 3/4 in x 22 1/4 in x 1 in; 75.6 cm x 56.5 cm x 2.5 cm
Purchase with the Belle and Hy Baier Art Acquisition Fund
MH 2012.19

Umar Rashid’s imagined character, Apollo, wears a white wig reminiscent of 18th-century nobility and his wrists are shackled with old-fashioned manacles. Despite being physically restrained, he stares out at the viewer defiantly from a composition closely cropped around his face. In his series It's Yours: Wars of the Frenglish Revolution and other Conflicts, Rashid, (who also calls himself Frohawk Two Feathers) gives us a glimpse into a fantastical world—an alternate version of history in which 18th-century France and England have joined forces to become an unstoppable colonial power that Rashid calls the “Frenglish Empire.” Rashid depicts characters and imagined scenes from this strange yet familiar world, focusing his skilled brush and imaginative vision on colonized peoples and places and endowing them with titles laced with lines from rap lyrics.