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Samer RIDIKKULUZ Akroush

2021 Create Change Fellow | 2021 Creative Action Fund Awardee

NYC | Multidisciplinary, Painting, Performance, Sculpture, Video

Artist Bio
Samer ‘RIDIKKULUZ’ Akroush is a self-taught, New York-based, Jordanian-American multidisciplinary artist working in painting, sculpture, performance, and video. His work themes around identity, duality, and bridging the gap between Western and Arab culture. Currently, the main focus is on marginalized identities and their spaces via figurative portraiture. He was an Artist-in-Resident at XOL Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 and at the Rowaq Al Balqa Foundation in Fuheis, Jordan in 2016. RIDIKKULUZ received a B.S. in business from St. John’s University in 2016. RIDIKKULUZ has exhibited in Westchester, New York City, and Jordan.

His digital illustration served as the cover art for DJ Lorant and his mixed media work was featured in the music videos of Lupe Fiasco and Kiing Sky. In 2018, he was interviewed by Amman Radio for his depiction of the Royal King and Queen of Jordan. RIDIKKULUZ is a Khalil Gibran Scholar and recently presented his artwork as a guest lecturer at Stanford University. Belonging to New York City’s ballroom community, he is a proud member of the House of Xtravaganza and has received training from Benny Ninja.

What is the role of art and culture for the future of the city?
“The role of art and culture for the future of the city is being a catalyst for joy by uniting people of all backgrounds through accessibility, love, and creativity.”

2021 Creative Action Fund | Watermelons in Harlem: Palestinian Solidarity

Painted watermelons in solidarity with Palestine – spread all over community and public spaces in Harlem. I am proposing a community call to action. A continuation of an on-going project started during my Laundromat Project Fellowship. Creating artwork of watermelons (the three colors banned by colonizers in Palestine) and hanging them all over Harlem in solidarity.

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