David O. Alekhuogie
David O. Alekhuogie

Sagging pants, with its brief history as a style associated with hip hop, gang culture, and black male masculinity, has been politicized and at times criminalized as a pretext for racist persecution.
In the Pull-Up series, close-up photographs of the waist area become landscape inspired compositions: bands of color formed by shirt, underwear, and low-slung pants.

Initially shot in the studio and variously obfuscated, these images are then taken out into the city, where the flora and famed lights of Los Angeles enter the frame. Red berries appear in the foreground of one image, echoing the red athletic shorts at the bottom of the photograph.

Shadows trace blurry “drawings” over the rephotographed surface, further distorting our perception. And so the contentious saggy pants are merged with nature — protective camouflage for the black body within.

Artist Bios

  • David O. Alekhuogie

    David Alekhuogie (b. 1985) received his MFA from Yale University and post-baccalaureate BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Alekhuogie’s multidisciplinary art practice is centered around photography and examines the dialectical relationships between politics, race, gender, media, and power.

    He has had solo exhibitions at Skibum MacArthur (2017) and at Chicago Artists Coalition (2016.) Alekhuogie has participated in group shows at High Museum of Art (2017), Fraenkel Gallery (2015), and Regen Projects (2015.)

    His work has been published in the The New YorkerThe New York TimesTime MagazineTimeout, ChicagoVice, and the Los Angeles Times.

    Alekhuogie’s solo exhibition Gravity will be on view at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery from February 14 to April 14, 2019.

    David Alekhuogie lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


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    For Freedoms

    We believe citizenship is defined by participation, not by ideology. Through non-partisan nationwide programming, we use art as as vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. We are a hub for artists, arts institutions, and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.

    Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. As a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. In 2018, For Freedoms launched the 50 State Initiative: the largest creative collaboration in U.S. history.

to live & die in LA

 archive : Photoville LA

Featuring: David O. Alekhuogie

Curated by: Michelle Woo

Presented by: For Freedoms
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