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WITH LOVE: JIMMY’S THRIFT OF NEW DAVONHAIME

View of “Azikiwe Mohammed: Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime,” 2017, Knockdown Center, New York.

New York native AZIKIWE MOHAMMED has been making art for over a decade. His multidisciplinary practice—which merges painting, photography, sculpture, performance, and found ephemera—prioritizes, at its core, the experiences, needs, and subjectivity of people of color in America. On the heels of his first institutional solo show at Knockdown Center in Queens this past fall, Mohammed spoke to visionary writer, poet, and playwright CLAUDIA RANKINE about his ongoing project Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime, reimagining historical incongruities, and making art that is fundamentally participatory.

View of “Azikiwe Mohammed: Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime,” 2017, Knockdown Center, New York.

CLAUDIA RANKINE: It’s such amazing work you’re doing—not just making art, but creating experiences for people to reimagine.

AZIKIWE MOHAMMED: It’s easier for me when I construct a circumstance in which people can tell me that I’m wrong. If I’m wrong, and it’s in real

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