Pew Fellows Chat: Visual Artists Rami George and Didier William on Personal Histories in Art-Making

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Left: Pew Fellow Rami George, self-portrait. Right: Pew Fellow Didier William, photo by Ryan Collerd.

The act of creation takes on a multiplicity of forms. In our ongoing artist interview series, we illuminate the distinctive artistic practices, influences, and creative challenges of our Pew Fellows, who represent a diversity of perspectives and creative disciplines.

In this installment, 2021 Pew Fellows—visual artists Rami George and Didier William—discuss how they approach personal and family narratives within their work and how they balance their creative practices with the obligations of daily life.

George’s practice turns an autobiographical lens on their Lebanese heritage, queer experience, and family history in a New Age spiritual community. Their mixed-media installations and video works draw from archives and family ephemera. William interweaves painting and printmaking and references mythology and his Afro-Caribbean lineage. His work’s complex images of bodies obscure race and gender through intricate patterns and ornamentation.

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