The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

What is the color, when black is burned? The Gold War. Part 1.

Sombre Vengeance

September 15, 2018 – March 24, 2019

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.

Images: Frohawk Two Feathers, Sombre Vengeance. An equestrian death dance born out of desperation and lack of functioning diplomacy. The end result of not really trying but it’s difficult to look away., 2018, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas; Frohawk Two Feathers, Vercingetorix. No, not that one. Black Caesar in the flesh and all around ‘G’. Or, the man who turned revolutionary suicide into revolutionary resurrection and inspired a nation., 2018, Ink and black tea on paper mounted to canvas