About the Artist
Houston-based artist Jamal Cyrus produces revisionist approaches to American history in his work through appropriation and reinterpretation of charged political paraphernalia and cultural objects. He focuses on the formulation of Black identity through political and cultural movements, such as the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and the Black Power movement of the 1970s, and its consequent appropriation by mainstream culture. In his 2D, 3D, an time based work, Cyrus creates his own alternative accounts of Black history, causing the viewer to acknowledge the subjectivity of interpreting past events. He has had solo exhibitions in Texas and New York and participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally.