Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Orange, NJ)JC Lenochan

JC Lenochan was born in the US. He attended the University of Oklahoma graduating with a BFA 1993, and Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts graduating with MFA 1996. He is a recent recipient of the Franklin Furnace Grant for installation in New York 2012. He received the Pollack Krasner grant 2010-2011, artist in residence Newark Museum 2011, Bronx Museum 2006, and Skowhegan Residence 2001. He has exhibited work in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami and London

Decolonizing the Mind

Decolonizing the mind is an installation performance with public interaction in regards to pedagogy as it relates to issues of sex, race and class stratification. The walls of the space will be consumed by chalkboards with text and images opposite blank chalkboards for the public's response. Simultaneously, four high school students will be creating a pile of old school desk in the middle of the space that will involve sound and audio from Ngugi Wa Thiongo's book "Decolonizing the mind".

"Language as culture is the collective memory bank of a people's experience in history".

     - Ngugi Wa Thiongo, "Decolonizing the mind"