DeShawn Dumas


The work of DeShawn Dumas is occupied by Slavery’s unresolved unfolding. Inhabiting the terror of a past not yet past, his ballistic monochromes objectify socialized trauma and the repetition compulsion that attends it.  Dumas uses chromaticism and “objecthood” to index  U.S. racecraft — that magical way Black bodies  weaponize sidewalks and magnetize bullets.  In film, his work pairs the afterlives of industrialized chattel slavery with catastrophic climate disruption –  long initiated by Western industrial capitalism.