Hank Willis Thomas: All Power to All People
April 13—July 7, 2019
At approximately 25 feet tall, All Power to All People reflects on a storied culture and history. Variations of the Afro comb or pick have been around for 6,000 years, originating in Africa before re-emerging in Britain, the Americas and the Caribbean. Around the 20th century, Afro combs started to take on distinctive cultural and political meaning. The Afro comb exists today as many things to different people: It is representative not only of an era, but a sound and a counter culture. It is a uniting motif, worn as adornment, a political emblem, and signature of collective identity. All Power To All People is presented in Harlem at The Africa Center as a symbol of community, strength, perseverance, comradeship, equal justice and belonging.
All Power to All People, Hank Willis Thomas © 2018. Conceived by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas. Produced by Marsha Reid, fabricated by Jeff Schomberg. Presented by The Africa Center and Kindred Arts Inc. in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program
Special thanks to The Africa Center’s Board of Trustees and RBHU engineering. Made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC