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EPISODE 08

DR. FAHAMU
PECOU


ARTIST, SCHOLAR, AGITATOR

ON COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS:
.. a lot of young artists get frustrated when they can’t sell their work for what other well-established artists are selling work for. Then they feel like they failed and give up.

You have to be tenacious. You have to persevere.
You have to pace yourself.


Visual Rope-a-Dope.


In this episode, I finally catch up with longtime friend, Dr. Fahamu Pecou. Fahamu is an artist, scholar, and agitator whose work has been featured in galleries, museums in the backdrops of television shows. His early focus on “making Fahamu Pecou officially the shit” and the extensive series on black masculinity has propelled him to explore what it truly means to be black in America.

We talked about his short stint back in New York after art school, then the need to go back to Atlanta and just want to paint, as well his campaign to become “the $h!t.” I learned how his creative skills progressed over the years, but also that he allowed mistakes to guide his discovery and produce new bodies of work. Then I found out why, after all of his success, he decided to go back to Emory University and get his Ph.D.

What’s next for Fahamu: A look into what Public Scholarship means, bring work to the masses. And his latest show in Atlanta, Do Or Die: Affect Ritual Resistance is on view at the Carlos Museum of Art at Emory University through April 28-2019

Note: Not long after recording our episode, while on vacation, Fahamu’s studio was lost to a fire and all of his work was destroyed. Thankfully no one was injured, but only now after month is he getting back to making art and start over in his new studio space.
Where else to find Fahamu:

Ice Breakers

This or That

Toast or Bagel
Coffee or Tea
Nas or Jay-Z (Kanye)
Renaissance or Modern
Digital or Paper
New York or Atlanta
R&B or Hip-Hop

Word Association

Creativity: Paint
Design: Computer
Art: Museum
Business: Money
Failure: Nothing
Clients: Friends
Mistakes: Lesson
Tools: Paint Brush
Skills: Dance Floor
Opportunity: Now
Future: Students
Risk: Growth
Process: Results

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