Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson

Conversations

Learn more about Rashid Johnson’s practice as an artist and filmmaker. Read the conversation between Rashid Johnson and cultural critic Kevin Quashie, and watch an artist talk between Johnson and the exhibition’s curator, Hendrik Folkerts.

Thinking-in-action

In “Thinking-in-action: A Conversation between Rashid Johnson and Kevin Quashie”, artist Rashid Johnson’s short film “Black and Blue” (2021) is a point of departure to discuss the home as a space of creativity and intimacy.

Central in the conversation is the notion of “quiet,” which writer Kevin Quashie theorized in his book “The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture” (2012) as “a different kind of expressiveness, one which characterizes a person’s desires, ambitions, hungers, vulnerabilities, and fears.”

“Thinking-in-action” connects Johnson’s film as well as the exhibition Seven Rooms and a Garden as a whole to these new possibilities of resistance, based on interiority and quietude.

Thinking-in-action: A Conversation between Rashid Johnson and Kevin Quashie (pdf)

How do I understand the inherited condition? How do I find space to use my own language?
Filmstill from "Black and Blue"
Rashid Johnson, Black and Blue, 2021 Filmstill © Rashid Johnson

Artist talk

Listen to Rashid Johnson and curator Hendrik Folkerts in the artist talk, held during the opening day of the exhibition “Seven Rooms and a Garden”.

More about this exhibition