Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014
22 February - 29 March 2014
Installation View
Hank Willis Thomas
We Have Had Enough, 2014
Fiberglass and aluminum
91cm in diameter
Hank Willis Thomas
Raise Up, 2014
Bronze
204 x 30 x 30 cm / 204 x 30 x 30cm / 285 x 25 x 10 cm
Hank Willis Thomas
The People shall Govern, 2014
Fiberglass and aluminum
89cm in diameter
Hank Willis Thomas
Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!), 2014
Bronze and copper shim
7 life cast arms holding pass books
Hank Willis Thomas
Amandla, 2014
Silicone, fiberglass, metal finish
130 x 80 x 50cm
Hank Willis Thomas
Freedom in our lifetime, 2014
prefabricated dry walling, security wire and spray paint
2.5m x 4m x 49 cm
Hank Willis Thomas
Victory is certain, 2014
Assegai wood
108 x 8 x 8cm
Hank Willis Thomas
Peace and Freedom, 2014
Fiberglass and aluminum
89cm in diameter
Hank Willis Thomas
An injury to one is an injury to all, 2014
Fiberglass and aluminum
89cm in diameter
Hank Willis Thomas
A Luta Continua , 2014
Alimunium
80 x 320 x 50cm
Hank Willis Thomas
History doesn't laugh , 2014
Photo reflective print
103 x 123cm
Hank Willis Thomas
Righteous Space (South Africa), 2014
4m wide sound activated video projection

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas / History Doesn't Laugh / 2014 - Installation View

22 February - 29 March 2014

Hank Willis Thomas

We Have Had Enough

Hank Willis Thomas

Raise Up

Hank Willis Thomas

The People shall Govern

Hank Willis Thomas

Die Dompas Moet Brand ! (The Passbook must Burn!)

Hank Willis Thomas

Amandla

Hank Willis Thomas

Freedom in our lifetime

Hank Willis Thomas

Victory is certain

Hank Willis Thomas

Peace and Freedom

Hank Willis Thomas

An injury to one is an injury to all

Hank Willis Thomas

A Luta Continua

Hank Willis Thomas

History doesn't laugh

Hank Willis Thomas

Righteous Space (South Africa)

History Doesn’t Laugh is Hank Willis Thomas’s first solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The show highlights the artist’s interest in representing photographic ideas through unconventional materials.

For this exhibition, he scoured numerous publications and archives looking for graphics, images and audio that exemplify, through popular culture, South Africa’s recent history. The result is a fascinating combination of installations, objects, and prints that present the visual complexities of the not so distant past.

Thomas is debuting a series of photo-derived sculptures cast in aluminum, silicone and bronze that reframe the original image by focusing on the impact of hand gestures. In his more familiar style, he appropriates graphically striking political buttons and increases them in size to large-scale wall hangings. The show also includes screen-printed images from various magazines re-contextualised in a manner that exaggerates the hyper-reality of the time in which they were originally produced.

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He received his BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his MFA in photography, along with an MA in visual criticism, from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.

Thomas has acted as a visiting professor at the MFA programs at Maryland Institute College of Art and has lectured at Yale University, Princeton University and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. His work has been featured in several publications including 25 under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers (CDS, 2003), as well as his monograph Pitch Blackness (Aperture, 2008). He received a new media fellowship through the Tribeca Film Institute and was a 2011 fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad and his work is in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publically at the Oakland International Airport.