ARTIST STATEMENT:

Worldbuilding is a major part of my practice, I think about the journey to the worlds I envision, within I prioritize the black queer black femme perspective, I prioritize a type of black liberation that is void in this present space, I Prioritize a land was once ours being our once more. I oftentimes find myself asking questions as they pertain to my intersecting black identities (that being, Black, queer, non-binary, poor, disabled…), they have all existed in context to “Power”; who has it?, who takes it away?, who is it given to?, how can I/We gain it?. 

By way of photography, video, writing, performance, and sound I explore the ways in which black people are affected by the powers that be. I explore what it would be to remove us from the now, and place in elsewhere, how rituals and folklore can aid us on this journey to a liberated black space, that grants us ownership. Influenced by the stories of Zora Neale Hurston's, “Mule and Men”, Toni Morrisons “Songs of Solomon”, by Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, House Music, and the storytelling that is Soul HipHop music. As well as from my observation of my community of bold, radical queer, fighting black people.


BIO:

My name is Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, I'm a Detroit Based artist who primarily works within lens based media (i.e. Photography, Video), performance, and writing. I am also a CuratorDJOrganizer, and Educator. I received my Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,  where I studies with Xaviera Simmons, Ayanah Moor, Roberto Sifuentes Faheem Majeed. I work under the philosophy of F.U.B.U (This Shit Is For Us*). I'm always thinking about how my work can aid to a larger conversation about blackness, and it many intersectionalities. My work explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity, and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces for all black bodies, and personal stories, all while keeping in mind the accessibility of art.

I am a 2021 Black Rock Senegal Resident, 2021 Redbull House of Art Resident, 2019/2020 Document Detroit Fellow, 2019 Kresge Arts In Detroit Fellow of Visual Arts, 2019 Artist in Resident at Northeastern Illinois University, 2018 Luminarts Fellow in Visual Arts, 2017/18 Hatch Project Artist in Resident at Chicago Artist Coalition, 2017 Artist in Resident at ACRE, 2017 semifinalist for the Edes Fellowship. I have performed and exhibited work at The Museums of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago IL,  The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NYC NY, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, IL, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, The Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  in Scottsdale, AZ and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

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