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bARBER was named the recipient of the 2020 Island Press Emerging Artist Research Fellowship. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his residency was rescheduled for June 2021.

For his project at Island Press, bARBER created a complex and playful double portrait, b and e. This is a 4 plate collagraph and relief print with a la poupée inking and chine collé on Hannemuhle Copperplate Bright White paper.

About the artist

bARBER is an interdisciplinary artist who uses painting, collage, and performance to articulate various testimonies within and surrounding Black America.

Red, green, and black image of a pair of lips with stenciled stars to reference a flag.

bARBER, Untitled (Black American Flag Lips), Screenprint, 11 x 15 ½ inches, Edition of 10


Untitled (Black American Flag Lips) is the Helper Print created by bARBER during his residency to give to the assistants and interns that worked on his project. His flag is inspired by David Hammons’ African American Flag (1990) and was made from a direct impression of bARBER’s own lips.

This Helper Print is not available for purchase through Island Press.

Editions from this project