New York, NY
Wayne Hodge is an artist whose work combines elements of collage, performance and photography. His practice explores the relationship between history, media and fantasies of race and desire. He received an M.F.A. from Rutgers University and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School. His work has been shown at The Bronx Museum, MoMA P.S.1 and he has shown internationally in Germany, Brazil and China. He was recently featured in Radical Presence at the Walker Center for the Arts and The Shadows Took Shape at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Charleston is an experimental remake of Jean Renoir’s obscure 1927 film, Sur un Air de Charleston, for exhibition at galleries and museums. The storyline concerns a devastated Paris in an undefined future, in which traditional colonial narratives are inverted—Europe is seen as a “dark continent,” North Africa as a colonizing force. Like Renoir’s original film, Hodge’s work explores tensions between modernity and primitivism, the Jazz Age and Afro-futuristic science fiction, the character of the minstrel and that of the astronaut.