10 Total Disappearance, v.2 (video still)

“Total Disappearance, 1905 v.2 (video still)”
archival pigment print on Canson paper
[A Narrated video]

Mangrove Mud Womp exhibition

Funding for this project is provided in part
by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners
as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

This project is supported in part by an award
from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mangrove Mud Womp is a temporary public art residency project for Anne Kolb Nature Center, Hollywood, FL. This residency project is part of a larger overall exhibition with the second part of the exhibition taking place at the Second Avenue Studio, Florida Atlantic University’s downtown Fort Lauderdale campus.

Mangrove Mud Womp Press Release

Conceptual, Time-based Photography

Shabaka, as photographic documenter and artist, often working in process with one, or possibly more persons, takes photographs not always to show what is in front of the camera, but what is behind the camera in the form of a conceptual approach. Even though trained as a photographer, Shabaka’s images document not a travelogue, but a quest. These quests often take the form of “walks” while gathering ephemeral bits of the landscape to photograph, be it botanical or geological. Hence, the still image documents a time-based process of movement and gathering. In the end, many of the gathered objects are intensely examined using macro photography which also moves the objects and materials into a different context. A context which orients the materials as precious even as they decay.

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Shabaka’s art practice is varied and multi-media, using drawing, photography, video, and performative actions with a grounding in ethnobotany, anthropology, geology and, African Atlantic cultural aesthetics. It is an art practice focused on facilitating thought, introspection and discussion.