Azikiwe Mohammed “Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime”

Knockdown Center

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[Image: Jimmy’s Thrift installed at Spring Break Art Show, image courtesy of the artist.]

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Opening this Friday at Knockdown Center, artist Azikiwe Mohammed stages a performative installation of his fictional thrift store, Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime. New Davonhaime – a location conceived by Mohammed – is an amalgamation of the names of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham, and Savannah. Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime was created to serve as a safe space for Black and Brown people living in America. Knockdown Center’s galleries will be fully transformed into a thrift store that contains objects both created and found by Mohammed including tapestries, records, postcards, paintings, lamps, and books. In addition to the installation, Mohammed will be on site daily performing as the thrift store owner, Jimmy, interacting with visitors and collecting contributions of photographs and audio recordings to add to the growing installation. These living archives offer an intimate and nuanced portrait of Black lives both contemporary and past. Read the full press release here.

Azikiwe Mohammed graduated from Bard College in 2005 where he studied photography and fine arts. Since then he has shown his work in galleries both nationally and internationally. In 2015 he received the Art Matters Grant, and in 2016 was the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emmerging Artist Grant. He lives in New York and currently works at Mana Fine Arts as part of their mana BSMT program.



from September 09, 2017 to October 29, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-09-08 from 18:00 to 21:00

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