Synopsis: The Spanish colonial government sent a small army to assist engineers with gold prospecting. A Frenglish expeditionary force and their Indian allies are attempting to cross the desert in search of bounties and to head back to the main army. The Apache, Pueblo, and Navajo, are looking to get rid of the Spanish invaders by various means. All points converge.
For the past ten years, Frohawk Two Feathers (the alias of artist Umar Rashid), has recounted the epic story of a composite and fictitious Frenglish Empire. Frengland and its characters are entirely of the artist’s imagination, but the storytelling critiques the very real and problematic history of recounting history. Through his use of Greco-Roman and Egyptian iconography, and references to tattoos and hip hop, Two Feathers encourages viewers to reflect on how certain events in history become truths, while others are relegated to the background or forgotten entirely. In What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1., the Frenglish Empire has come to Tucson where the narrative of Frengland will unfold against the backdrop of Southern Arizona’s local history. What will happen next?
*Stay tuned for a community exhibition in Spring 2019. This work will be created at the Dunbar Center during a workshop with the artist, Frohawk Two Feathers.
Sample Images (not from our show): Frohawk Two Feathers, I Get the Paper So I Don’t Care. Admiral Devcalion, of the prirateer (pirate) fleet of Batavia. Leaving the Caribbean with an undefeated-at-sea record to return to Batavia to defend his country from a resurgent military presence, 2012, Acrylic, Ink, Tea, and Coffee on Paper; Frohawk Two Feathers, Map of the Caribbean – 1794 Come for the resources. Stay for the food. Bring your entire country. It’s Paradise, 2012, Acrylic, Ink, Tea, and Coffee on Paper
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