Color photograph of a dark skinned man with gray dreadlocks and goatee wearing glasses and an African inspired shirt, looking directly at the camera

Dread Scott

Abigail Cohen Rome Prize
September 1, 2023–January 12, 2024
Faculty, MFA Fine Arts Department, School of Visual Arts
Project title
Temporal Shifting
Project description

I look toward the experience in Rome affecting me, supporting my desire to broaden my thoughts beyond the American context that has shaped me. I hope to develop my thinking as I examine contemporary and historic connections between Africa and Europe. I will engage the complex reality of the recent migration of Africans to Europe, with many transiting through Italy while others remain there. Rome’s position as an early republic, a fallen empire, and a modern society with remnants of a previous civilization will provide a rich context for me to explore. I’m eager to photograph idealized images I imagine, of futuristic Black rebels in contemporary Rome, with visible vestiges of ancient Rome highlighting these rebels’ temporal shifting nature.