fred wilson

(Bronx, New York, USA 1954. He lives and works in New York, USA) He received a BFA from SUNY/Purchase and then worked in the education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Since his first solo exhibition in 1988, Wilson has created site-specific installations in numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He has created new exhibition contexts, demonstrating how changes in context create changes in meaning and denouncing the manipulating interpretations of our cultural institutions whose social, economic, and ideological power shape art and culture. In 2003, when he represented the United States in the 50th Venice Biennale, he focused on the life of Africans in Venice, from the fifteenth century to the present, creating a mixed-media installation, consisting of a suite of black glass sculpture, a black-and-white tiled room with wall graffiti from texts of African-American slave narratives, and a video installation of Othello screened backwards, thus addressing racial, ethnic, and cultural issues historically related to social outcasts.

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