Talwst "Death of Swag"

Fuse Gallery

poster for Talwst "Death of Swag"

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As a child, Curtis "Talwst" Santiago's mother would bring him to flea markets where he first developed an
obsession with Bossons heads; A series of hand-painted, high relief portraits, sculpted from gypsum plaster and
produced between 1958 and 1982. Procuring a collection of these heads, Santiago retains a nostalgic affection for
them, while still questioning the various Bossons artists’ perverse sense of exoticism. As a Trinidadian-Canadian
growing up in a small, predominantly Caucasian suburb of Alberta, the Bossons aesthetic—kitsch racism,
dismemberment, deranged otherness—repelled and fascinated Talwst, and still does.

For this exhibition, Talwst will be refashioning his collection of Bossons heads into a contemporary version of
15th Century Italian Death masks, and he has detailed them with all the modern trappings of the “Swag Rap”
culture. With "Death of Swag" he will be laying to rest his long held fascination with the exoticism of the masks
while toying with mainstream aspects of hip-hop that Talwst believes the culture is moving away from. To this
end, each head has been fitted with custom 3-D resin printed shades, and Talwst has handcrafted ornate grilles
and jewels using gold leaf, as well as, semi-precious stones. These carefully crafted accessories embody the
pervasive fashion aesthetic of “urbanized lifestyle” that has been appropriated by suburban youth all over the
world, a fitting addition to the Bossons' exaggerated stereotyped faces.



from August 15, 2012 to September 12, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-08-15 from 19:00 to 22:00



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