Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet
Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston presents the exhibition Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet, in partnership with Spoleto Festival, USA May 15 – October 4. The exhibition features the internationally acclaimed artist’s most recent body of work originally produced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial. A 1999 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award winner, Fred Wilson (American, b. 1954) challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display. In Afro Kismet, Wilson investigates the long-ignored presence of communities of African descent from the time of the Ottoman Empire to the Republic of Turkey. By reframing objects and cultural symbols, and juxtaposing recent works by the artist with works from the 19th century, Wilson questions notions of universal knowledge and truth and thus encourages viewers to reconsider traditional social and historical narratives.