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South Carolina State University’s Fine Art Building (FAB) Gallery presents “Drafted into the Service of a Larger Destructive Force: A Poster Show,” a collection of original digital assemblages, by the artist and archivist Malcolm Cunningham of Toledo, Ohio, on display through April 8.
According to Cunningham, her work draws on “the manipulation and remixing of Western iconography, archival material…design elements from the African diaspora, expressions of black wealth and practices of mourning”.
The exhibition invites viewers to contemplate both contemporary media narratives and historical references, as well as how systemic oppression can shape generational narratives. Alongside his artistic practice, Cunningham is also the director of the Ebeid Center and the Ebeid Neighborhood Pledge for Promedica Health, a neighborhood health and wellness initiative in Toledo.
To coincide with the closing of the exhibit, Dr. Frank Martin, Director of SC State’s IP Stanback Museum & Planetarium, will host a discussion with Cunningham on April 7 from 5-6 p.m. live on Zoom at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcOuoqz0vE9F-m0bmcbYHEosEaJN1rhcg.
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“Conscripted into the Service of a Greater Destructive Force” will be on display during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through April 8. The FAB Gallery is also open for private viewings outside normal office hours upon request. . All questions or meeting requests should be directed to FAB Gallery curator Ian J. Welch via email at [email protected]