Dada

Adam Pendleton, Black Dada Reader (2017)

Dada started in Zurich, Switzerland between the world wars. It responded to the horrors of World War One with nonsense and absurdity. Dada artists worked in all media to denounce war and the modern obsession with logic.


More recently, Adam Pendelton coined “Black Dada” to describe his work as an artist. Pendelton uses Dada as a lens through which he views Black experience. What the trauma of World War One was to Dada, the trauma of anti-Black violence is to Black Dada. Like his Dadaist forebears, Pendelton mixes and matches a wide variety of material in non-obvious ways to process this trauma.

 

Image: Adam Pendleton, Black Dada Reader (2017)


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