A REAL American Hero (without a Kung-fu grip)
Artist Pierre Bennu re-envisions images of people of color in commercial and pop culture. His latest venture salutes the courageous and bold Harriet Tubman. Throughout February 2011, Bennu will debut commercials for his Black Moses Barbie doll on his site, ExittheApple.com.
Aside from being a thoughtful and imaginitive concept, the Black Moses Barbie, like Bennu’s other works use humor to address the inconsistencies in popular culture. His work makes you think using wit, clever word play and juxtaposing popular images and ideas. In the following clip, on their quest for freedom, Runaway Ken and Runaway Christy learn quickly that any hesitation can mean devastation.
I’m an instant fan and looking forward to seeing the rest of the Black Moses Barbie series. Check out Bennu’s work and make sure you keep it on the good foot when Harriet Tubman tells you to step, because she’s “never ran her train off the track… and she’s never lost a passenger”. Don’t have her make an example of you!