"My work as of now portrays my relationship to blackness within a greater diaspora of my familial and ancestral history. The ocean, the politics of the transatlantic slave trade and the Atlantic ocean, the current crises around water concerning the Mediterranean Sea and blackness moving across oceans is explored in my art. There is this permanent history and binder about time as linear and I grapple this deeply rooted history of not being a subject, but rather an object in relationship to whiteness and only being seen in relation to whiteness. Ultimately I'm trying to verify my existence and think about my own cultural traditions being a person existing in the 21st century in America, but also my larger, longer, non linear time and history. The piece, My Father was a Soccer Player and Built Boats by Hand, is about the lineage of my family and our cultural tradition of whaling and my displacement from that. Being an insider and outsider of that relationship makes me think about how I might relate myself to the world. I’m trying to establish my ontology."
- Kasem Kydd, Class of 2018