Manifestos & Manuals: A Reading/Publishing/Thinking Lab

2015

Project Row Houses / Houston, TX

Manifestos & Manuals: A Reading/Publishing/Thinking Lab explores her interest in language systems, experimental poetry, and narratives of progress through a hybrid visual and literary art practice. Rasheed’s installation sutures together wide range of text and images from Black Enterprise magazines, EBONY magazine, The Review of Black Political Economy, the writings of both Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois, excerpts of the Freedmen Bureau's readers and textbooks, Richard Nixon's Black Capitalism campaign rhetoric, academic texts such as Earl Ofari Hutchinson's The Myth of Black Capitalism and Marable Manning's How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System's The Economic Potential of Black Capitalism, signage from Black businesses and self-help literature. In juxtaposing, repurposing, and layering these texts, she explores both the historical and contemporary vocabularies and grammars of Black capitalism which blend the recuperation of Black power language, elements of religious salvation ethos, and the syntactic structure of self-help messaging. Presented as an intimate contemplative reading space, visitors are invited to patiently engage in the space. 

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