Exhibitions KODAK | For outstanding contribution to freedom in South Africa by Casey Asprooth-Jackson
February 1 – 28, 2021 Project Space Two
- The project departs from an odd statuette recently discovered at the World Headquarters of Eastman Kodak: on top, a 4-inch-tall bronze rendering of Nelson Mandela’s head and torso with fist raised; below, a wooden plinth engraved with the words found in the title copied above. Through text and video, this work will expand on several years of research investigating a 6-meter-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela gifted to the people of Palestine by the city of Johannesburg in 2015. While that project sought to understand the materialisation of inter-state solidarity in a moment sometime after revolution, this will critique the opaque history of a corporation’s response to the anti-Apartheid boycott, just before the fall of the regime.Casey is an artist from Rochester. His work centers on alternative modes of political expression, and his research has included case studies in Palestine, Norway and Ireland. He holds a BA in Film from Bard, and an MFA from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, where he is visiting researcher.
Funds for this residency came from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Max and Marian Farash Foundation; and Joy of Giving Something.