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Artist Talk: André Ramos-Woodard, BLACK SNAFU
March 19, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Join Trapdoor Projects for an artist talk in correlation with the current exhibition, André Ramos-Woodard—BLACK SNAFU.
Talk to take place via Zoom on March 19th, at 9:00 am MST.
Attendees can rsvp by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees will receive a meeting link on Thursday, March 18th.
BLACK SNAFU, gets its name from “Private Snafu”, a series of cartoon shorts made in the 1940s by Warner Bros. in order to educate American WWII soldiers on the military and their warfare tactics. In BLACK SNAFU, André Ramos-Woodard appropriates various depictions of Black people that are found throughout the cartooning of American history—from the 20th century racist characters in Don Raye’s “Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat” to more contemporary, uplifting, and pro-Black characters like Huey and Riley Freeman from Aaron McGruder’s “The Boondocks.” Ramos-Woodard juxtaposes these images with photographs that line up more authentically with a (their) Black experience. These photographs are made by the artist’s hand and come from their camera. Through this process, Ramos-Woodard implements their own authentic Blackness and their Black experience to stand in defiance against the historical racist tropes they are referencing. By combining these ambivalent visual languages, Ramos-Woodard uses their work to emphasize the repercussions of contemporary and historical discrimination. BLACK SNAFU exposes America’s deplorable connection to anti-Black tropes through pop-culture while simultaneously celebrating the reality of what it means to be Black.