Umar Rashid was born in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois.
Omniscient narrator of a fictitious-real world, Umar Rashid has been documenting and narrating for more than fifteen years the chronicles of a conquering imperialism: that of the Frenchness empire. He questions the places of emanation of historical discourses to better highlight the existence of official narratives, and the way they bury competing narratives. By exploring the violent and bloody origins of places and names, he questions notions of class, power and gender as well as the way conflicts are inherited.
Distanced by time but reunited in the painting, the events he makes happen weave constellations and thus highlight the transparencies of history, its repetition over time, the way its strata are superimposed. Moments of battle and encounter where soldiers, deities, slaves, notables and pop stars mingle, sometimes take on the air of celebration, but the bugles sound and the gunpowder speaks and each scene is indeed the representation of a confrontation that explores our past while trying to anticipate future events.
The rider is a recurring symbol of these epic scenes. Here, the riding is done in duet. The sculpture, from which this work was made, was carved, extracted from a single block, worked with a gouge.
The riders and the mount are then one: « Tout en tout est un ».
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