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installation view, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other. Photo by Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest.

if i don't look you in the eye, 2020 | description

installation view, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other. Photo by Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest.
leo with Shobun Baile
If I don’t Look You in the Eye, 2020
sample of Noam Chomsky in “Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media” (1992), spoken word, extracts of “It Ain’t Necessarily So” in “Porgy and Bess” (1958) by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, extracts and translation of “Über das Geistige in der Kunst” (1912) by Wassily Kandinsky, Graphic Composition #1 (vinyl print, 230 x 230 cm | 90 x 90 in)
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pw: lookintheye
In this collaborative piece, Noam Chomsky’s address to an invisible audience serves as a platform to think of the relationship between abstraction and contemporary modes of representation. The audio combines field recordings of the exhibition space, music, and spoken word to analyze and complicate the violence of the discourse surrounding black as a color and blackness as an antonym of light.
installation view, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other. Photo by Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest.
installation view, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time, and the Other. Photo by Emily Peacock. Courtesy of FotoFest.

if i don't look you in the eye, 2020 | composition

graphic compositions, 2019 | description

leo with Shobun Baile, Graphic Composition #3, 2019, digital file
leo with Shobun Baile
Graphic Compositions, 2019
digital print
dimensions variable
Adapting Kandinsky’s color theory and composition discussions in “Über das Geistige in der Kunst” (Concerning the Spiritual In Art), the Graphic Compositions employ Noam Chomsky’s address to an invisible audience as primary digital colors for shapes. In magenta, ciano, and yellow, the statement “I gather there are some people out behind that blackness there, but If I don’t look you in the eye is because I don’t see you… all I see is the blackness” forms a square, a circle, and a triangle.
leo with Shobun Baile, Graphic Composition #3, 2019, digital file

if i don't look you in the eye, 2020 | gallery