According to The Nation of Islam, Yacub (Jacob, son of Isaac) was a brilliant eugenicist of African descent whose hubris led to the genetic invention of the White Race over 6,000 years ago. This vibrant yet troubling narrative is only acknowledged by The Nation, and is discredited everywhere else.
Race, as either a social construct or genetic signifier, has been heavily disputed amongst the scientific community for the past few centuries, even serving a pivotal role in modern history’s immorally justified discrimination and human experimentations (eugenics).
As a figure, Yacub represents a culmination of religious histories, myth, and science fiction constructed under the American social repression. In this series, I look to the Yacub's experiments, however fictive, as an opportunity to explore figurative abstraction. Using the history of photography as documentation, I imagine these freshly birthed piles of ripe flesh, exiting their vats. This series presents surreal portraits of the fictive experiments and explores the narrative of their existence. Although a narrative born out of malice and oppression, science used for malicious intent isn't as farfetched as one would think.
(The Children of Yacub)
20 in X 25 in [50.8 cm x 63.5 cm]
Archival Inkjet Print [Edition of 5 ea.]