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Antoine Williams
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

My practice is an investigation of my cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional injustices. I have created a mythology of images which have become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical hybrid humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity.
In the vein of Felix Gonzales-Torres, I have a concern for making the personal, public. These beings (which are nameless) are inspired by personal experiences from a rural working class, upbringing, in Red Springs, North Carolina which related to wider contemporary issues such as the perception the Black image, police brutality, and income equality.

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