Join Halcyon Arts Lab fellow Kokayi, for his artist talk and presentation of his current work; HUBRI$, a mixed media portrait on the experience of black masculinity mediated through the lens of the story of Icarus and Daedalus. The story of Icarus and Daedalus is a metaphor for those that seek refuge from persecution and oppression in their home country. Icarus and Daedalus were captives of King Minos and after deciding to escape imprisonment they were to find refuge in a foreign land. After Icarus' death, Daedalus eventually finds asylum and protection in Sicily under King Cocalus, with Minos pursuing Daedalus after his escape and devising a plan to recapture him or have him deported back to Crete and King Minos.
At its nexus, HUBRI$ is an amalgamation of themes that directly confront; the prison industrial complex, escapism, recidivism, depression, suicide, death and reincarnation. The work also examines society’s obsession with mediocrity, relationship to celebrity, an era of shame and the way in which black men are asked to dream. HUBIR$ will be on view at Union Market
On Thursday, June 20th
The Phillips Collection