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My New Black Friend
Damali Ayo
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
I create dialogue-driven conceptual art that engages contemporary social issues through the media of visual,...
On the other hand I am a junk artist. In our capitalist-driven society objects are...
I believe art should make people think and feel. I want to leave my audience pondering discomfort, confusion, anger, joy, sadness, emotions of all kinds. I am an honest manipulator, presenting contradictions and demanding response.
Whites tend to be the renters, employing blacks in particular social situations to
I create dialogue-driven conceptual art that engages contemporary social issues through the media of visual, virtual, written and performance art. I re-conceptualize everyday objects to create a shift in the viewer's perspective on our world and their position within it.

On the other hand I am a junk artist. In our capitalist-driven society objects are given meaning by their purchasability. Our social/political issues are junk, things we once bought (or bought into) and keep around because we are accustomed to their presence. And like the other junk I use in my work, I seek to re-conceptualize these items and help us to examine their continued function in our lives.

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