N’kisi Concorde w/ Ubehebe
N’kisi Concorde, a documentary feature, investigates the lives and work of two Detroit-area outsider artists and visual storytellers, Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak, whose extraordinary installations reflect the power of the imagination unbound by artistic conventions or popular tastes.
African-American artist Dabls creates large-scale, pointedly narrative works from natural materials, reflecting meaningful elements of African material culture and commenting on the collision between African and European cultures.
Ukrainian émigré Szylak’s installation combines hand-carved and assembled mechanical toys, aircraft, and human figures with found objects. The resulting artistic array is at once deeply whimsical and imbued with history and memory, beginning with Szylak’s formative experiences in World War II era, German-occupied Ukraine.
Though unrelated by work or acquaintance, these artists are united by the power of their singular visions to stimulate lively public engagement and to color the cultural landscapes of their communities.