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de’Angelo Dia

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About The Artist

While he has been called a faith leader, an educator, and an artist, de’Angelo Dia prefers the categories poet, theologian, and comic book scholar. All of these elements can be found in his drawings seen throughout Mint Museum Uptown.

Dia sets his figures in a state of development: their bodies are cocooned, but their heads have blossomed, each with unique features and a distinctive hairstyle. When Dia started the large scrolls, he was writing about people whose evolution–physical and spiritual– was arrested by systemic oppression. Similarly, the characters he draws explore different expressions and elements of African-American culture while not referring to a specific African tradition. The intention, Dia explains, is to recognize the hybrid nature of the culture those from the African diaspora must create in their new lands. Dia writes, “Slavery stripped people of their culture. These drawings celebrate the tenacity of Black and brown people to create a new culture.” This is a process, however. Dia wraps his gures in a chrysalis; in this condition, though they are preserved from harm, they also are not yet free. They are suspended in transition.


Follow de’Angelo Dia on Instagram: @dia1518 or check out his website: www.dia1518.com

Plaza level:

Ira, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Kwasi, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Yaa, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

 

2nd floor:

Betty, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Charlie, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Francis, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Epiphany, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Mezzanine:

Insomnia 4, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Fred, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

3th floor:

Abena, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Kwabena III, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

 

4th floor:

Akua, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Irvin, 2020, chalk on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

In its second year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community and to activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in four places at Mint Museum Uptown: in the entrance; at the foot of the atrium escalator; and on the landings of the Mezzanine and 4th levels.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

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