Renowned Atlanta artist Fehamu Pecou received some troubling news while he was traveling abroad last week: his Atlanta studio had been destroyed by a fire.
“Fortunately no one was in the building at the time, but years of work, supplies, tools, and fond memories lay in ashes when I finally had a chance to see what’s left of the space,” wrote the artist in an Instagram post. His wife, renowned vegan chef Jamila Crawford Pecou, has started a GoFundMe page to help Pecou rebuild.
Pecou is one of Atlanta’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. His work, which often deals with issues of black masculinity and representation in popular culture, is featured in major national and international institutions including the High Museum of Art, Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and Société Générale in Paris. Contributor Gavin Godfrey interviewed Pecou in 2016 as the artist completed work on his mural Rise Above at the King Memorial MARTA station, one of Atlanta’s most prominent works of public art. The artist completed his doctorate degree at Emory University’s Laney Graduate School in May of 2018. Pecou is also a contributor to ArtsATL.
“For those who’ve been reaching out, please know I have received your messages and I’m grateful for the sympathies & kind gestures offered,” wrote Pecou in his post sharing the news. “Honestly, it’s a bit much right now — a lot to process. For now, I don’t know quite what is needed and I still don’t know what exactly happened. However, I do know what will: I’ll be reborn from these ashes stronger than ever.”