Basil Kincaid’s quest is to understand the wild tapestry of his own personal identity and cultural identity within the African Diaspora, contextualized by the scaffolding of his American experience. He practices self exploration, historical investigation, and critical social questioning to cultivate healing on a personal and cultural level, towards the remedy of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
Within his practice he seeks to promote empathy, curiosity, critical thought, conversation, and inclusion. Having observed how perception and prejudice impact one’s relationship to place and their sense of belonging or displacement, Basil’s goal is to co-create healing sites that stimulate the ancestral memory of love as freedom within all of us. He believes such spaces will activate participation in shared liberation on local and global scales.
Basil’s fine art is about the creation of experiences, objects, and spaces for interpersonal and ancestral connection. His work is primarily comprised of culturally contextualized, found, or donated materials. He often collects materials from people through social media. This methodology explores the seeming immateriality and physical disconnection of online spaces while observing how waste is reflective of lived experience. Featured here are a section of works from Basil Kincaid’s NewCollage Series. For more on the series and his other work, visit basilkincaid.com. §
Basil Kincaid is an interdisciplinary visual artist from St. Louis whose work explores diasporic identity, heritage, family traditions, and performance/surveillance of self. An avid quilter, sculptor, photographer, poet and installation artist, Kincaid has shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and world. Check out his Instagram accounts @basilkincaid and @notcollage for more of his work.