Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

Southeast Queens Biennial

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is research-based conceptual artists. By engaging ritual, history, and politics, her work explores the complex construction of personal and societal histories. Rasheed’s graphic text-based prints from the series How to Suffer Politely and Other Etiquette for the Lumpenproletariat (2014) coffer quasi-inspirational aphorisms for suffering, such as "Lower the Pitch of Your Suffering” and "Tell Your Struggle with Triumphant Humor." Coined by Karl Marx, the word "Lumpenproletariat"—from the German "Lumpenproletarier," literally meaning "miscreant" or “rag"—refers to a social strata for which Marxian class-consciousness is improbable. Rasheed’s irony-laced maxims challenge the dominant narrative of progress in the United States, loudly indicting the policing of affect in the face of the systematic political and physical violence against poor people of color.

Tell Your Struggle With Triumphant Humor / Purchase the Proper Boots With Which to Pull Yourself Up By the Bootstraps / Take it Like a Man But Don't Take it Up With "The Man”  / Lower the Pitch of Your Suffering
From the series How to Suffer Politely (And Other Etiquette for the Lumpenproletariat), 2014
Digital C-Prints
36 x 24 in. each
Exhibition prints
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Courtesy of the artist 

No Instructions for Assembly, Activation VIII for No Longer Empty, If You Build It, 2015
Mixed media installation
Installation dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist