The Fandangoe Kid (@fandangoekid) is a London-based graphic artist, whose work during a residency at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] this month will be looking at the beauty within trauma, following an enormous tragic loss of family in New York in 2011. The Fandangoe Kid seeks to create platforms to encourage honest dialogue about complex subject matters, looking at death and trauma and why we struggle to talk openly about this in western society. From working with Hull City of Culture and the Turner Prize to mental health charity Young Minds, the artist creates color-blocked, large scale, narrative-driven installations that handle all manner of classically taboo subject matters to create impactful pieces and subsequent workshops across diverse communities.

The Fandangoe Kid uses the public realm to communicate her bold messages about love, loss, breaking and repairing. In Brooklyn, you can find her work publicly displayed outside of Open Source Gallery; on Butler Street, and at Bergen Street and 4th Avenue.

Having made several films about rituals associated with survival and processing trauma, the Fandangoe Kid is interested in the small details that occur within the larger framework of processing the hefty tides of bereavement, and wishes to create work that makes the complex subject matter of death, the issues around mental health and processing pain more comfortable to discuss. Her own experience of handling trauma has highlighted the many flaws in our society when faced with open discussions around the subject, despite death being something that affects every one of us.

The Fandangoe Kid has over a decade of experience of working with young people in some of London’s most economically deprived boroughs, including her own neighborhood where she established a brand new art and design department in a school in 2011 for young teenagers to use creativity to understand themselves better. Working with a broad network of practitioners and institutions, the students have made work for the Barbican, the Tate Modern, Glastonbury Festival, the NHS and many more, with over 80 percent of them now with places in art school as part of their further education.