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Azikiwe Mohammed (B. 1983, New York City, NY)
Azikiwe Mohammed (B. 1983, New York City, NY)
Azikiwe Mohammed (B. 1983, New York City, NY)
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Azikiwe Mohammed (B. 1983, New York City, NY)

May 9th, Haulover Beach Park

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Azikiwe Mohammed (B. 1983, New York City, NY)
May 9th, Haulover Beach Park
Acrylic on board
23 x 31 in. (58.4 x 78.7 cm.)
Painted in 2019.

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Lot Essay

Azikiwe Mohammed’s artwork has been shown in galleries both nationally and internationally. A 2005 graduate of Bard College, where he studied photography and fine arts, Mohammed received the Art Matters Grant in 2015 and the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2016. He is an alumnus of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York, and Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey. His work has been featured extensively in magazines, including VICE, I-D, Artforum, Forbes, BOMB and Hyperallergic. Mohammed has presented a number of solo exhibitions in venues including the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Ace Hotel Chicago, Illinois; IDIO Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL and Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY; as well as multiple solo offerings at Spring Break Art Show, New York. He has participated in group exhibitions at MoMa PS1, Queens, New York; Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, among others.  He lives in New York and currently has his studio at Mana Contemporary.

"On the afternoon of May 9th of 1945 a group of Black protesters decided to stage a “wade-in” at Haulover Beach, one of the 30 or so all white beaches in Miami. At the time there were no beaches Blacks were allowed to swim at. The city officials didn’t want to cause a scene by arresting the protesters for swimming as that would disturb their tourist income, so the sheriff after some back and forth with the waders eventually gave up and went home, followed soon by the protesters, who felt they’d lost. They did not, for less than a month later, it was announced that Virginia Key Beach would become Miami’s first “colored beach.” It opened on Aug. 1, 1945." Azikiwe Mohammed.

Artist Statement:
I try to make work that centers the Black experience in America, and hopefully makes things suck less. I am not sure if I succeed as that is not for me to say. That is up to the viewers, the participants and the people that come to the places I put stuff. My work involves me, as I am a Black person, but I try to make sure it does not center me as when a circumstance centers on one point all other points become supporting. I am not more important than the rest of my people and will never claim to be so.

AZIKIWE MOHAMMED
Lives and works in TriBeCa, NYC

EDUCATION

BFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2001-2005

SOLO EXHBITIONS

2020
396 Wortman Ave., Anna Zorina Gallery, New York; NY
2019
Blackest Night: A Survey in Blackness, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
90 91 + 2011 2019, Visions From Home, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
Auntie / Uncle Julius: Welcome, Always, Public Swim Gallery, New York, NY
2018
Jimmys Thrift Of New Davonhaime, Ace Hotel Chicago, Chicago, IL
Black Labor, Rush Arts, New York, NY
2017
Jimmys Thrift Of New Davonhaime, Knockdown Center, Maspeth, NY
Armor Photo Studio: House Visits Welcome, Long Gallery, New York, NY
Potential Futures / Black Receipts, IDIO Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014
Black Internet, gallery: SENSEI, New York, NY
2012
Frequent Aberrations 2009-2012, 7Dunham, Brooklyn, NY
2010
A Thugtrospective of Realness: A solo effort from Azikiwe Mohammed, Panda Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020
Won't You Call Me By My Name, Wassaic Project, New York; NY
Spring Break Art Show, 625 Madison Ave, New York; NY
Material Arts Fair, Mexico City; Mexico
Spring Break Art Show LA, 757 S Alameda Street, Los Angeles; LA
The Living Room Kitchen, The Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx; NY
2019
MECA International Art Fair, Calle La Puntilla, Old San Juan San Juan; PR
The Autotopographers, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan; WI
Landscape Winter Season, Elsewhere, Brooklyn; NY
Counterpublic, The Luminary, St. Louis; MO
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London; England
Material Arts Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
Seattle Art Fair, Seattle; WA
I Am My Story, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami; FL
Spring Break Art Show, 4 Times Square, New York; NY
2018
A Different World, Bronx Art Space, Bronx NY
Record Keepers, Duke Hall Gallery, James Madison University
Open World, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington; VA
1:54 Lounge Commission, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; NY
Come Together Festival, MoMa PS1, Queens; NY
Black Is A Color II, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans; LA
Material Arts Fair, Mexico City; Mexico
Spring Break Art Show, 4 Times Square, New York; NY
2017
Black Is A Color, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; CA
Harlem Postcards, Spring 2017, Studio Museum In Harlem, New York; NY
Spring Break Art Show BKLYN IMMERSIVE, City Point, Brooklyn; NY
Spring Break Art Show, 4 Times Square, New York, NY
Fondo Malerba, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Italy
Future isms, Glass Box Gallery, Seattle; WA
Material Arts Fair, Mexico City; Mexico
2016
Spring Break Art Show, Moynihan Station, New York; NY
Timeshare, BHQFU, New York; NY
Material Arts Fair, Mexico City; Mexico
2015
Spring Break Art Show, Moynihan Station, New York; NY
Power, Protest and Resistance, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn; NY
2014
Radical Color, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland; Oregon
Experior, Gitana Rosa Gallery, Brooklyn; NY
I Am Here (Blacking The Internet), Culturefix, New York; NY
Fifteen Warren, 15 Warren Street, New York; NY
Spring Break Art Show, The Old School, New York; NY
2013
Spring Break Art Show, Moynihan Station, New York; NY
2011
The Camera Club of New York's Annual Silent Benefit Photo Auction, The Camera Club of New York, New York; NY
2010
The Adult Playground, Spinks Gallery, New York; NY
The Aljira Fine Art Auction 2010, Newark; NJ
Behind the Scenes, The Camera Club of New York, New York; NY
New Works curated by Jon Decola, Hostetter Arts Center, Martinsville; NJ
New Visions of Old Things: Installation, Panda Gallery, New York; NY
Le Roman Du Lievre, MTS Gallery, Anchorage; AK (a traveling exhibition)

RELATED PROFESSIONAL WORK
Educational Alliance, New York, NY - Black & White Analog Photography Teacher
The Small Darkroom, New York, NY - Black & White Darkroom Printer
Primary Photographic, New York, NY – Color / Black & White Darkroom Printer
Arthur Elgort, New York, NY - Black & White Darkroom Printer

RESIDENCIES
2019 The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
2019 Mana Fine Arts @ 777 International Mall, Miami, FL
2019 The Luminary, St. Louis, WA
2018 Summer Kickstarter, Brooklyn, NY
2016 2017 - mana BSMT @ Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, New Jersey
2015 2016 - Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn
2013 2014 ESKFF @ Mana Fine Arts, Jersey City, New Jersey

AWARDS
2016 - Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant
2015 - Art Matters Grant

BIBLIOGRAPHY
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/arts/design/spring-break-volta-art-fair.html
New York Times, March, 2020

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/editors-picks-february-17-2020-1775244
Artnet, February, 2020

www.forbes.com/sites/briennewalsh/2019/07/25/at-scad-azikiwe-mohammed-conceives-of-a-utopia-for-black-americans/ - 6205a7746763
Forbes, July, 2019

www.burnaway.org/azikiwe-mohammed-interview/
Burnaway, May, 2019

www.hyperallergic.com/496406/an-artist-builds-his-vision-of-black-prosperity/
Hyperallergic, May, 2019

www.popphoto.com/azikiwe-mohammed-is-exhausted-and-pleased/
Popular Photography, April, 2019

www.juxtapoz.com/news/installation/a-studio-visit-and-interview-with-azikiwe-mohammed/
Juxtapox, November, 2018

www.citylab.com/equity/2018/05/wakanda-new-davonhaime-the-yearning-for-a-new-black-city/559463/
Citylab, May, 2018

www.artforum.com/inprint/issue=201801=73191
Artforum, January, 2018

www.i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/59gz4d/artist-azikiwe-mohammed-is-building-a-fictional-town-for-black-americans-who-dont-feel-safe
i-D, January, 2017

nyc.brightestyoungthings.com/articles/byt-interviews-azikiwe-mohammed-on-potential-futures-black-receipts.htm
Brightest Young Things, January, 2017

www.bombmagazine.org/article/3539124/portfolio
Bomb Magazine, January, 2017

www.hyperallergic.com/377816/springbreak-art-show-trades-labyrinthine-rooms-for-immersive-installations/
Hyperallergic, May, 2017

www.artforum.com/passages/id=69347
Artforum, June, 2017

www.artspace.com/magazine/news_events/art-fairs/best-of-spring-break-2016-53566
Artspace, March, 2016

www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/field-trip/azikiwe-mohammed-field-trip-53020
Artspace, March, 2015

www.manhattanportage.com/lifestyle/2015/02/10/azikiwe-mohammed/
Manhattan Portage, February, 2015

www.complex.com/art-design/2014/03/azikiwe-mohammed-art-interview
Complex Magazine, March, 2014

www.thesource.com/2014/03/11/free-insert-favorite-rapper-here-now-available-on-tapestries-thanks-to-artist-azikiwe-mohammed/
The Source, March, 2014

www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/creators-of-the-black-internet-the-art-of-azikiwe-mohammed
Afropunk, February, 2014

www.massappeal.com/azikiwe-mohammeds-frequent-aberrations/
Mass Appeal, October, 2012

www.vice.com/read/azikiwe-mohammed-takes-beautiful-pictures-of-his-roadside-meals
Vice, November, 2012

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