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Photo by Robert Zimmerman.

During his residency, Thomas will be working on a number of ongoing projects in painting and video. Among them, his series of portraits of African American men whose faces are rendered partly in blue—a reference to a condition known as cyanosis, in which improperly oxygenated blood causes blueness of the skin. This characteristic of Thomas’s work operates as a metaphor for the disenfranchisement imposed upon black people within a system of white supremacy. This work will be one of the topics of his Ruby Friday talk on February 22.

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