How Fred Wilson’s Art Repurposes Racist, Kitschy “Degradaria”

“Artist Fred Wilson reflects on his relationship with “degradaria,” or “stereotypical objects” that reflect a disturbingly racist past, particularly in his piece Me And It (1995).  He describes why he wanted to collect and use these “black collectible” objects that he associates with a painful, abusive history.

This video originally appeared on sfmoma.org as “Fred Wilson on ‘degradaria'”

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