By exploring his own identity through the prism of the cultural heritage of the African Diaspora, the American artist Basil Kincaid creates socially charged works critical of the contemporary moment. On the verge of craft-making, painting, and installation he developed a conceptually framed agenda that rests on reclamation and heritage.
To understand the process that led to exploitation and suppression of his ancestors, Kincaid reclaims the history by appropriating the cultural signifiers and presenting them through new forms and experiences. Donated and found materials are carefully arranged and made into assemblages, collages, and quilts that have a special place in his practice due to Kincaid’s long family tradition of quilting, and are therefore perceived by him as a sort of metaphysical collaboration with his ancestors.
In 2010 Basil Kincaid received his BA from Colorado College, his works were exhibited all over the United States and abroad, and he won a couple of valuable awards.
Featured image: Basil Kincaid - Exaltation, 2017 (detail). Archival metal print. 24 × 36 in. 61 × 91.4 cm. This is part of a limited edition set. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery