High Schools

Abdi Farah's solo show at Platform Gallery explores how American sports marketing and brand loyalty exploit the black male body

Abdi Farah's solo show at Platform Gallery explores how American sports marketing and brand loyalty exploit the black male body

At first glance it's difficult to tell who the 'Terrible Fans' are in the Abdi Farah artwork bearing that title. The fabric sculpture is a remixed high school athletic banner, one of those large swathes of silk that trumpet championship seasons and hang from gymnasium rafters like trophy scalps. 'Terrible' is a vertical red rectangle with a border of black fringe; the name "Fairview" arches across the top, "Indians" across the bottom, ostensibly this banner's school and mascot. Sewn into the school name are a pair of chenille mascot patches, each featuring a crude caricature of a Native American man's head in profile, most familiar as the team logo...

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