afropunk pictures presents: the triptych @ fit – feb 25

February 18, 2014

On February 25th at the Fashion Institute of Technology, AFROPUNK Pictures presents THE TRIPTYCH, in association with the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs. Following the screening, there will be an Artist Talk featuring CNN contributor and Image Activist, Michaela angela Davis, and world renowned Kenyan artist, Wangechi Mutu.

Artist Talk: “Free Style”

Artist Wangechi Mutu and Image Activist Michaela angela Davis will talk about the Born Free fashion project and how art and fashion can communicate and liberate.

The Triptych is a unique and profound documentary series profiling some of the most outspoken visual artists of our time. Produced by AFROPUNK Pictures, the documentary is itself a work of art, featuring three intimate 20-minute conversations with three bold and culturally resonant voices in art. Each monologue is a reflection of their life experience, letting the viewer discover how their observations have shaped the art they create.

The first in the series features Sanford Biggers, Barron Claiborne and Wangechi Mutu – contemporaries, luminaries and friends. Spanning the artistic gamut from interdisciplinary to photography and performance, their keen reflections on the world are at once startling and insightful.

Directed by Terence Nance, Co-Directed by Barron Claiborne & Photography Directed by Shawn Peters.

As a purveyor of the Black experience, AFROPUNK is dedicated to supporting and disseminating the work of visual artists that are prevalent in our society.

Fashion Institute of Technology

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Pomerantz Center

Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York 10001 

  • 6:00pm – Doors open
  • 6:30pm – Screening
  • 8:00pm – Artist Talk
  • FREE

Sanford Biggers

As an observer, commenter, teacher and absurdist critic, Biggers finds the common threads in usage and re-casts them in the arena of the public consciousness. His work takes imagery from Vodoun, Buddhism, and classic staples of early 20th century Americana, and uses their often unconscious association with romanticized pasts or the notion of the primitive other in juxtaposition to modern African-American culture’s changing definition of self and its evolving presence in the American political arena.


Wangechi Mutu

Kenyan-born artist currently residing and working in Brooklyn, NY. While overtly addressing themes of culture, mass media imagery and gender, Mutu’s work creatively unpacks far weightier subjects and their myriad manifestations, including colonialism’s persistent and violent legacy, the complexities of gendered identity and the roles of social complicity and unconscious assumption.


Barron Claiborne
His large-format photography evokes portraiture from another place and time, even as it deftly captures his subjects with a wholly modern lens on their inner lives. Texture, tone and costume are utilized to evoke the timelessness of the human emotions we glimpse in his subjects’ faces and bodies. He frequently explores the male gaze in relation to women of color, creating multiple dialogues about internal versus external sexual and racial identities. He is currently creating a documentary about his hometown of Boston, MA.