Transformer Presents Azikiwe Mohammed Shared Words, Split Catfish and Sweet Tea: An Open Platform for Discussion

By Editorial Team on April 4, 2022

Sat, 09 April 2022 - Sat, 21 May 2022

Image Credit: Azikiwe Mohammed, Catfish Dinner, 2022.

Transformer proudly presents Shared Words, Split Catfish and Sweet Tea: An Open Platform for Discussion, a site-specific installation by New York-based artist Azikiwe Mohammed for his first DC exhibition. Featuring the Auntie / Uncle Julius family – wooden sculptural figures that are a reoccurring cast throughout Mohammed’s works – as they share a meal around the dinner table, this exhibition explores concepts of togetherness, time, and dialogue.

Shared Words, Split Catfish and Sweet Tea is a continuation of Mohammed’s reflections upon Black people’s relationship to time – a scarcity and luxury for many as they navigate the responsibilities and demands of living – and presents a scenario in which the time and dedication to a communal gathering centered around food is given priority.

Shared Words, Split Catfish and Sweet Tea: An Open Platform for Discussion will be open for public viewing beginning April 9 during Transformer’s exhibition hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 12 – 6 PM, with public programs taking place in person and within online formats. More information on programming below.

A 2005 graduate of Bard College where he studied photography and fine arts, Azikiwe Mohammed received the Art Matters Grant in 2015, the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2016 and a Rauschenberg Artist Fund grant in 2021. He has participated in group exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Queens, New York; Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Mohammed’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, and Art21.

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