Restructuring Blackness


Germane Barnes is the Director of Studio Barnes, a research and design practice that investigates the connection between architecture and identity.

Artist Bio

Germane Barnes noticed a woeful absence of consideration as to how Neo-Classical architecture may be understood through the lens of non-white constructors. His project Restructuring Blackness aims to examine African diasporic contributions and legacies while creating new architectural possibilities that emerge within investigations of Blackness. Through drawing and analyses, Barnes will create a new column order derived from Blackness that provides clear authorship to Black building methodologies. This speculative reimagining of American monuments through the use of collage and detailed fabrication drawings will allow for alternative histories of site, space, and identity.


Award Year
2022
Status

In Progress

A Black man with a baseball hat on his head, wearing a pink fur coat and pink teeshirt. He is sitting on a ladder with his feet on a roll of foam. Behind him is a commercial hydraulic lift.

Germane Barnes

Miami, FL

Germane Barnes is the Director of Studio Barnes, a research and design practice that investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences Black domesticity. His design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international institutions. Most notably, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham Foundation, Pin-Up Magazine, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI Art Basel, The Swiss Institute, Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.