"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 3 (2005)
Fred Wilson blurs the line between art and curating by designing a museum exhibition space in Sweden that reorients archeological pieces to create new contextual meanings. “I would like to think that objects have memories, and that we have memories about certain objects,” he says. “A lot of what I do is eliciting memory from an object.” Mounting tear-shaped black glass drips on a white wall, and later creating prints of black spots, Wilson reflects on how he was “shunned” as a black child in an all-white school. “A lot of my project is trying to understand the visual world around me,” he says. “What is me, and what is something that the rest of the world has said I am?”