Multidisciplinary Artist Masud Olufani Explores Social Complication of ‘Blackness’

by Raheem Karim
Masud Olufani

Masud Olufani Explores How Social Oppression Has Served As A Catalyst For Creative Brilliance

A few weeks ago I interviewed multidisciplinary artist Masud Olufani at the Hammonds House Museum. I soon as walked in I stopped in my tracks, his exhibit was breathtaking. The visual gave me a new perspective of how powerful a medium can help people understand the connections between the black experience and racial inequality.

Masud was able to adapt his concepts into powerful and very descriptive sculptures. His sculptures depicted black life and circumstance from the Transatlantic slave trade up to modern day racial inequalities.

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Masud Olufani combined mixed media installations of sculpture, sound, video, photography, imagery and text to tell a story. Masud investigates how tributaries of philosophical transference are manifested in the struggle of the African American community, and how modalities for survival can serve as touchstones of inspiration to a society fragmented by racism, sexism and extreme expressions of nationalism.

You can check out Olufani’s collection currently on display at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta. For more information visit the website www.hammondshouse.org.

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