DAPS: ode to the art and history of handshakes
October 11th - October 21st, 2016 I held my first solo exhibtion on the campus of UCLA at the Broad Art Center entitled 'DAPS: ode to the art and history of handshakes'. Below you can find images, documents and footage from the exhibiton and project itself.
HISTORICALLY, THE DAP IS AN ACT AND SYMBOL OF UNITY. THE DAP ITSELF WAS BORN IN THE LATE 1960’S AMONGST BLACK SOILDERS WHO NEEDED A WAY TO EXPRESS THEIR BLACK PRIDE AND COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER BLACK SOILDERS. THE DAP HELPED SOILDERS CONVEY NECCESSARY INFORMATION FOR SURVIVAL IN RACIST ENVIRONMENTS. SINCE THEN, THE DAP HAS EVOLVED INTO AN ART FORM. EVERYDAY SOMEONE CREATES A NEW HANDSHAKE (DAP) WITH SOMEONE THEY CARE FOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DOCUMENT THE ART AND HISTORY OF DAPS.
LETTER FROM THE ARTIST
During my freshmen year of college I read an article about how the dap became one of the most recognized symbols of unity in Black culture. Ever since, I've had an interest in the culture of handshakes in the Black community.
This project was born while I taking a photo of two brothers greeting one another. I never intended for this project to grow as big as has. It went from a picture, to a video series and to an exhibition. I am going to allow this project to continue growing. I look forward to sharing part two in February 2017.
Big ups to everyone that has supported DAPS thus far. Your love and support has left me overjoyed. Special thank you to my brother Gabriel Rhodes for producing all of the music. Shoutout to everyone my family at thChrch for their participation. Alec, Merlaku, Montrell and Dylan. Y'all my brothers for real. Thank you.