1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Tariku Shiferaw and Tahir Carl Karmali both work with layered mediums that are abstracted with traditional references to contextualize their respective processes. Shiferaw explores mark-making in order to address the physical and metaphysical spaces of painting and societal structures. His use of familiar mediums such as spray paint, wood and plastic intentionally invites the viewer to share their autobiographical memories while equally challenging their way of seeing. In his current series entitled, ‘One of These Black Boys’ the dactylic integration of black music titles and shipping pallets are meant to reflect the global culture-ideology of consumerism. Subsequently, Karmali’s use of cobalt extracted from Lithium-Ion Batteries and Raffia in his series entitled, ‘STRATA’ is integral to how he communicates narratives centered around global environmental and socioeconomic factors. Cobalt is a commodity that recently became a crucial material needed for rechargeable batteries. Cobalt is very often sourced from the Congo through mining practices
that infringe on human rights laws – this perpetuates colonial and neo-colonial perceptions of acquiring raw material from Africa. Both artists inform the viewer through their formalistic use of materials to contemporary societal issues with consumption and consumerism in the world at large.