Shaunte Gates’s “The Land Of Myth” series is a psychogeographical interrogation into world-breaking and building and the stories that often influence our identities. Through a multi-disciplinary approach – incorporating photography, painting, found texts, collage, and portraits of family and friends- Gates’s “Land of Myth” dreamscapes are a circumnavigation of the labyrinthine social constructs of race, class, and the very real physical sites wherein people enact, inhabit and perform them. Using the architecture of the District of Columbia’s public housing projects as a starting point, the artist builds compositions in search of a feeling of rootedness with a complex series of gestures, and woven layers of history, personal history, American popular culture, and mythology.
Shaunté Gates is a participating artist in Smithsonian Institution’s “Men of Change” four-year (2019-2022) traveling exhibition. The exhibition spans ten museums including California African American Museum, Cincinnati Underground Railroad Museum, and Washington State History Museum. Gates has work in esteemed private collections, and an acquisition by the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Collection. He has many public art commissions from schools throughout D.C., including Transcending, a painting commemorating the 140th anniversary of Howard University School of Law. Shaunté Gates will present his first solo exhibition at Zidoun Bossuyt Gallery Luxembourg in November 2022.