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Dorsey, Najee (Samella)

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"Samella" by Najee Dorsey

Photomontage / digital collage, limited edition of nine, 16" x 26" pigment print on hahnemuhle fine art baryta 325 gsm

This new series -- #myartfamilyseries, I'm embarking upon is as much about my presence during this period of cultural production. The relationships and or admiration I have for the people in the pictures. Be them artists, collector, arts professionals etc... We all share a common thread as cogs in the wheel of Black visual culture. I'm using this series in part to document and celebrate Black Art in America's tenth anniversary year as the photographs used as the bases for the works come from the many places i've traveled doing shows, conducting interviews or attending art events. I then creatively manipulate the image in photoshop  . #baia2020 #blackartinamericamatters 

“In the work I do, I present an American experience through the lens of my African-American perspective,” says Najee Dorsey. In the exhibition Leaving Mississippi – Reflections on Heroes and Folklore, Dorsey’s Mississippi Delta roots emerge as he pays homage to a cast of colorful characters, historic events, and conditions of Southern life while creating commentary about current economic and social conditions in America. The mixed-media works in the exhibition showcase a number of the heroes of the civil rights movements, participants of civil disobedience in the early 20th century, and folklore legends including Dangerfield Newby, Bass Reeves, and Robert Charles. The work combines themes that have interested Dorsey for the past few years: journeys that people embark upon as they search for a better life, and the resistance of those who stay where they are to fight the powers that be. The artist uses a variety of materials, including photographic imagery, ripped paper, paint and found objects. Each composition blends multiple textures, colors, and layers to make the stories tangible for viewers.

Born and raised in the Delta and now a resident of the Columbus area, Dorsey has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work can be found in the collections of:

COLLECTIONS

2016  David W. Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

2016   Collection of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

2016   Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2016   David C. Driskell Collection, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2015   Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, NY

2015   Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

2014   Clark University Museum, Atlanta, GA

2012   African American Museum of Dallas, TX

2012   Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy, Sarasota, FL

 



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