The Children of Yacub
According to The Nation of Islam, Yacub (Jacob, son of Isaac) was a brilliant eugenicist of African descent whose hubris led to the genetic invention of the White Race over 6,000 years ago. This vibrant yet troubling narrative is only acknowledged by The Nation, and is discredited everywhere else. As a figure, Yacub represents a culmination of religious histories, myth, and science fiction constructed under American systemic oppression. According to The Nation of Islam, Yacub brought potential destruction onto his people by initiating research that would later be completed by his followers, the creation of The Devil Race.
In this series, I look to the Yacub's experiments, however fictive, as an opportunity to explore figurative abstraction and anthropomorphism. Using the history of photography as documentation, I imagine these freshly birthed piles of ripe flesh, exiting their vats. This series presents surreal portraits of the fictive experiments and explores the narrative of their existence. Although a narrative born out of malice and oppression, (pseudo)science used for malicious intent isn't as far fetched as one would think.