The Afronomical Way
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Location: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library
The afronomical way
This limited-edition set of 43 vibrant, color printed cards housed in a custom box is parts that together comprise artist Sanford Biggers’ explorations of identity, rituals, and iconography. Divided into three sections—afronomix, fetico, and fides—the images offer moments of both intimacy and surrealism. Biggers defines the first section, afronomix, as the “Kemitic, the study of the corelationship between peoples of the African Diaspora, the cosmos, and time.” The second section, fetico, comes from Portuguese and Latin, meaning both “charm, sorcery” and “facticius ‘made by art.’” The final section, fides, comes from Latin: “trust, belief.” Together these photographic cards are meant to complicate identity in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Biggers is an interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, installation, music, and performance. His work is characterized by meditation and improvisation, both of which can be enacted through interaction with the cards in this set.
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