Faheem Majeed: Who Takes the Weight
August 22 – October 26, 2019
Thursday September 12 - Opening Reception and Roundtable Discussion
Panelists include artist Faheem Majeed, Dr. Kymberly Pinder, and other invited guests
Faheem Majeed is a builder—literally and metaphorically. A resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Majeed transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal, and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. Synthesizing aspects of making, curating, community organizing, performance, and appropriation, Majeed’s work acts as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional critique. For his first exhibition in Boston, Majeed has created two large-scale site-specific installations in the Grossman and Anderson galleries at SMFA at Tufts, engaging with architectural, institutional and community histories. These works take inspiration from the institution-building legacies of Boston cultural icon Ms. Elma Lewis and Chicago artist, educator, and poet Dr. Margaret Burroughs. For Majeed, to delve into this history is a social practice and also an intensely material experience, one that brings together the studio and the presumptions of community.