by Ricardo Iammuri Robinson
The STEEL-FONICS attempts to shed light on a hidden contribution to Pittsburgh’s industrial past. In this culture, African Americans are typecast dancing, singing or marching against a backdrop of poverty, crime or packed arenas in order to be recognized. This installation employs the power of stereotype and reimagines a creative collective of black industrial steel workers called The STEEL-FONICS. The African American contribution to the enormous expansion of the American steel industry has been all but invisible. This exhibition is a new kind of labor strike against historical omission.
For more info about this project see the artist’s website