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FAHAMU PECOU

Date of birth : 1975

Country : USA

Born in Brooklyn, New York
Lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia


After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and digital art from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997, Fahamu Pecou became a Ph.D. student at the Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts in Atlanta in 2012. Strongly inspired by the complexities of marketing, Fahamu Pecou has painted himself on the covers of famous magazines such as George, Art Review or Art Newspaper, questioning the identity constructs he conveys before turning them on their heads. In an affirmation of his “negritude” or “blackness” defined in popular culture by “authentic” images linked to the body and appearance, Pecou often paints himself on the cover of invented magazines or during photo shoots, defining himself as artist and master of his own destiny and dismantling the constructions and interpretations imposed by mass culture. He has won the ARTADIA Award (The Fund for Art and Dialogue) and the Emerging Artist Award of the National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta).