When

Jan 13, 2024

Type

Architecture

Where

Sculpture & Architecture Park

Identity Column, making its North American debut at Art Omi after its world premiere at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale, is one in a series of three new works titled Columnar Dis-orders designed by architect Germane Barnes. Upending the triumvirate columnar order—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian—in favor of a new trinity—Migration, Labor, and Identity—Barnes counters millenia of glaring architecture erasure by recentering underrecognized African contributions, particularly from North Africa. 

Unbound by conventional columnar design rules, Barnes’ Identity Column highlights historical narratives from the African Diaspora by collapsing architecture, archeology, and anthropological disciplines into traditional sculptures. Inspired by typical African hairstyles such as cornrows, box braids, and dreadlocks, Identity Column celebrates Black hair, Black form, and Black joy. Identity Column, sculpted from a single block of black marble through digital and hand procedures, is a full-scale representation of Diasporic lineage, culture, and materiality standing as a monolith in the Sculpture & Architecture Park.

Artist:
Germane Barnes

Team:
Studio Barnes
Gabriel Jean-Paul Soomar
George William Elliot
Noelle Davis
Kevan Washington
Sacha Aina Braggz
Andrea Martinez
Christopher Stinson
Offtop Design

Technical Collaborators:
Quarra Stone Company, LLC

With Additional Support of:
Nina Johnson
University of Miami School of Architecture
Community Housing Identity Lab
Creative Capital
Harvard Graduate School of Design


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