I firmly, believe our use of memory and the ability to "recall" are imperative to the human experience.
I consider this as I profile the elasticity of collective memory within the dialogue of blackness - drawing near on its relativity to cultural identity and performance - theoretically approaching the interconnection between repetition and the history of the Afro-American experience. My work provokes a sense of historical aggravation: as I also position the relationship between memory and the black body as one of tension, negotiation and resource - hopefully, rendering this investigation as one which can serve as proxy to a more broader discussion of social behavior.
Anthony Jamari Thomas (b.1990) received his Bachelor's degree from John Jay College, New York NY (2012). Thomas's graduating thesis examined the interplay between metaphysics and philosophy in the work of artist: William Blake, leading to a brief stint in studio art and ultimately, full-time practice. Thomas employs varying disciplines to examine the relationship between collective memory and cultural identity. Since his debut, Thomas has exhibited with several spaces throughout New York including: Art In Flux Harlem (2013, 2014), El Museo del Barrio (2014), No Longer Empty (2014) Galerie Protege (2015), BronxArtSpace (2017) and National Black Theatre which acquired Trayvon's Cross (2014) for their permanent collection (2017). His work has also been featured in Barbed Magazine and most recently: Know Wave on their weekly streaming platform: Live from Chinatown w/ Paradigm Publishing.