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First Friday Petra Floyd Give a Doll a House To Haunt

The Art Dept is proud to present Petra Floyd: Give a Doll a House to Haunt. In this exhibition Floyd explores Blackness in the United States and the enduring ability of Black people to reinvent themselves through inherited and appropriated visual culture and performance. Join us for the opening reception November 3rd form 6-9pm. The exhibition runs through November 29th. 
 

Artist Statement

"I am a queer, first­-generation Liberian-­American, multidisciplinary artist from Philadelphia. In my creative practice I use drawing, sculpture, writing, printmaking, and performance to meditate on Blackness in the United States and other sites of the African diaspora. I focus on the enduring ability of Black people to reinvent ourselves through inherited and appropriated visual culture and performance.

Through my studio practice I study racial caricatures as hand-made memorabilia and mass-produced consumer goods. I recreate these objects through drawing, printmaking, and sculpture while considering my relationship with these Black Objects as a maker and as a racialized body, a black body.

We exist together in the world and are subject to a racial imagination that seeks to produce, own, and destroy us."
--Petra Floyd