Ajamu Kojo shares the story of Black Wall Street (Tulsa, OK), through his series of oil paintings.
America has always proclaimed itself as the land of equality and justice. Kojo injects, however, that for many, the American dream is just that. A dream.
Within the last 15 years, with the assistance of social media and modern day technology, the world has come to realize what the disenfranchised have known all along – systemic racism in America never dissolved itself. It simply transformed. Instead of justice and equality, those less fortunate are served with injustice and inequality.
Kojo’s “Black Wall Street: A Case For Reparations,” is a socio-political and spiritual project which assists in shedding light on a nugget of American history that many are still unaware of.
Welcome to his sanctuary of wall-to-wall adornment; presenting re-imagined portraits of families from Tulsa that perished when their community was bombed and burned to the ground by terrorists. Take the opportunity to listen to a first hand account, as told by Kojo, from one of the last survivors of the Greenwood community of Tulsa, OK during the years of Black Wall Street.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ajamu Kojo is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. Kojo attended Howard University where he majored in Film and Television Production and minored in Theatre Arts. During the four and a half years he spent in the District of Columbia, he completed three independent shorts that he wrote, directed and edited; one of which earned him an award in the Chicago Film Festival. Upon moving to New York City, he penned two original screenplays and two adaptations. Then in 2002 he exhibited for the first time at GUMBO – a group show with curators Patrick-Earl Barnes and Lawrence Joyner. In 2004, he exhibited with Carol Jones at the Atelier International Art Group and also at the David Huckaby Gallery in New Haven, CT.
He splits his time between developing independent film projects, working as a scenic artist with USA Local 829 and concentrating on his fine art works. In addition to working on such projects as “Law&Order,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Vinyl,” He is continuously developing works which take on a critical view of social, political and cultural issues through story, slices of life and moments of voyeurism.
Kojo lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.