"Chandelier Mori, (Speak of Me as I Am)" (2003)

"Chandelier Mori, (Speak of Me as I Am)," 2003
United States Pavilion
50th Venice Biennale: Dreams and Conflicts
Photo byR. Ransick/A. Cocchi
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"I had a Venetian glass fabricator create a huge seventeenth-century Venetian glass chandelier that would normally be in pastel colors or white. Whenever I use black it relates to some history of Africans in that particular place. It’s the idea of the color black as a metaphor, or as a representation of African-Americans. It’s the notion of black - blackness- and all its other meanings in relation to the history of race but also its meanings as just the color- or lack of color- or specific materials and their own histories, and trying to confuse that a bit."

- Fred Wilson