Damon Davis is a multi-media artist, musician and filmmaker. In a practice that is part therapy, part social commentary, his work spans across a spectrum of creative mediums to tell stories exploring how identity is informed by power and mythology. Davis seeks to empower and give voice to the powerless and combat systems of oppression, focusing not only on pain but also on the joy of the Black experience.
Davis’ 2014 public art installation All Hands on Deck has been collected in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.. He is also a founder of Far-Fetched, a St. Louis-based artist collective, and co-director of Whose Streets?, a documentary on the Ferguson unrest following police officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. He is a 2015 Firelight Media Fellow, 2016 Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow, 2017 TED Fellow, 2017 Root100 Honoree, 2020 Monument Lab Transnational Fellow, and 2020 Kennedy Centre Citizen Artist Fellow. Davis has exhibited at Art Basel Miami, the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art.