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Troy Michie

DEPICTING Shaka Senghor

“My work is in dialogue with the political discourse of collage. My process incorporates various materials, using photographs and other found objects. Through material, form accentuates the past, placing histories in our present. Through the body, I explore the shifting narratives of identity through the lenses of ethnicity, race, gender, and sexuality. Growing up in a border town in West Texas has affected my artistic practice. My most recent project examines the cultural significance of the zoot suit.” —Troy Michie

A collage of images on a metallic checkerboard background.
In the Wake [Shaka Senghor], 2018. Troy Michie. Courtesy of the artist.
A color photo portrait of a young man with gold-framed glasses and a textured blue button-up shirt.


Troy Michie

Troy Michie received his BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso and his MFA from the Yale School of Art. He has shown work at the New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Stedelijk Museum’s-Hertogenbosch, The Shed, and most recently in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. A native of El Paso, Texas, he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

A black & white photo of an African American man with long hair braided into thin strands in a vested suit, seated and leaning forward looking at the camera, his hands clasped in front of him.

[Shaka Senghor], 2016. Shawn Lee of SHAWN LEE STUDIOS

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