Visual Arts

Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet

Venue: Gibbes Museum of Art


Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet features the internationally acclaimed conceptual artist’s most recent body of work originally produced for the 15th Istanbul Biennial. A MacArthur Fellow, Wilson is renowned for challenging assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display. By reframing objects and cultural symbols, he alters traditional interpretations, encouraging viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives. In Afro Kismet, Wilson juxtaposes contemporary objects of his own making and museum-quality artifacts to investigate the long-ignored presence of communities of African descent in Europe.

Omar Ibn Said’s original manuscript and an installation by Fred Wilson inspired by Ibn Said’s life will be on display.

May 15 – October 4


This exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield, Bank of America, Charleston Magazine, and the Jane Smith Turner Foundation.