My practice asserts ‘blackness’ as a responsive state of performativity, which oscilates between history, memory and repetition. I believe the use of memory and ability to "recall" are imperative to the human experience, but serve specific function when in dialogue with the ‘brown body’. I am very interested in myth, artifacts and archiving, as a means to politically engage with one’s past. Each work is informed by my academic background in theatre and the concept of ‘staging’ where ideas permeate through photography, moving image, performance and painting. In recent works, I use my own body as a tool to explore how concepts such as potential, desire, and endurance operate within the context of the western black experience.
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 cultural performance, memory and 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, Highsnobiety and recently, Forbes Magazine.