R3clamation: Routes & Roots

R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid

October 28 - December 11, 2016

R3clamation: Routes & Roots, An Installation by Basil Kincaid launches the Hamon Arts Library’s contemporary arts exhibition program for the Hawn Gallery and is curated by the first Curatorial Fellow for the Hawn Gallery, Georgia Erger.

Basil reclaims seemingly innocuous materials – fabrics, fibers, and even debris – and repurposes them into monumental textile works. For R3clamation: Routes & Roots, Basil fills the gallery with assemblage quilts, sculptures, and garments, comprised of the clutter we encounter daily in our urban communities. Intimately relevant to their place of cultivation, the works are imbued with the West African and American ancestral traditions that are steeped in the artist’s practice and etched in our community’s collective memory. By no means static, these art works are worn by the artist during his performances and throughout the creative process. They become vessels for the black American body, representative of the trauma and subsequent healing the body has experienced