Artist Statement Submitted 2019
Fabian Williams is a visual and performance artist best known for his work exploring the liberatory and oppressive forces at play in black American life, especially as it pertains to state sanctioned violence against black men. Fayetteville, NC-born and Atlanta-based, Williams’ entire body of work employs a broad scope of source material, from commercial illustration to classic portraiture to hip hip iconography, in an effort to confront issues of race and society’s unchecked, uninterrogated consumption and appropriation of every facet of black culture. In much of his work, Williams often idealizes the normalization of blackness and black life, inspired by the realism of Caravaggio and Norman Rockwell’s depictions of Americana, but with a lense informed by racial, political and socially relevant contemporary themes.
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