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

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

"Part of the difficult thing with glass is that it’s hard to make anything that has a lot of meaning- or where the meaning is at least as strong as the beauty of the material. Infusing meaning is what I’m really interested in...I’m teasing [black glass] apart and confusing it because this idea that black represents humans is really such a wild construction not only in America but, looking at Venice, going back to the twelfth century when Africans first met Europeans. I put it together and take it apart so that we’re aware that it’s a construction or representation but also that something in that representation still bears fruit for us."

- Fred Wilson

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