In a Time of Change
In A Time of Change: Black and Latino Boys and the State of Education in the Age of Obama
Presented by: Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Artist: Delphine Fawundu-Buford
Curated by: Shantrelle P. Lewis On View at MoCADA: June 6 – July 16, 2012
Artist Statement: “When we look at the poverty rates, graduation rates, crime rates and employment rates, one thing stands out: Black and Latinos males are not fully sharing the promise of American freedom and far toomany are trapped in circumstances that are difficult to escape.” -Mayor Bloomberg, 2010 Artist Statement: “The series In A Time of Change questions what a positive change means for Black and Latino males in America. In this country, 4, 919 black males per 100,000 were incarcerated under George Bush’s presidential term. These numbers are significantly higher than the 851 black males per 100,000 incarcerated in South Africa under apartheid in 1993. Meanwhile, the number of Latino males entering prison and dropping out of high school is steadily increasing. What does this say about the societal surroundings that young Black and Latino males face as they grow into men? This series was inspired by the motif in President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Change. Exactly where does change begin for Black and Latino males? With a young Black or Latino male at the epicenter, the photographs represent mental transformations within the conflicts of a sometimes stagnant physical surrounding. These physical surroundings represent societal and historical conflicts.