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Fahamu Pecou 

Atlanta performance artist

Fahamu Pecou is an Atlanta artist who may be single-handedly keeping alive the tradition of smart-aleck performance art about the always-ripe-for-parody art world. Pecou's latest venture, Things Done Changed, at Vaknin (through June 16), features the artist's unique, humor-infused commentary and will include the artist walking the red carpet, throwing shade at paparazzi and being interviewed on a faux TV show. In his performances and paintings, Pecou taps into the chest-beating bravado of hip-hop to make himself into an attitudinal art star gracing the cover of publications such as Interview, Art in America and Art on Paper. In the process, Pecou's amusing performances parody an art world now thoroughly under the sway of the hip, edgy young artists who are the latest media stars.

Moving: "No matter how prepared you think you are, the transition is never quite as smooth as one would hope. Aside from the physical aspect of sorting, packing, moving, unpacking and sorting again, the thing that kills me is you never realize how much crap you accumulate for no reason. Then the real challenge comes in trying to convince yourself why you just have to keep that tennis racket, despite the fact you used it once six years ago and forgot you had it until you came across it while packing."

Gas: "WTF!? By July you'll have to use your car as collateral to get a loan to fill your tank. If you wanted us to start using MARTA, you could have just asked nicely!"

"Lost" (ABC): "I think I've developed a serious heart condition as a result of how GREAT this season of 'Lost' has been. I've been a fan and loyal follower of the show since it debuted. I have the DVDs, I'm in the fan club and I've been playing 4/8/15/16/23/42 for months now. Shit, it worked for Hurley."

Barack Obama: "... should hire me to do his marketing campaign. He's a shoo-in with the theme song I've been working on for his 2008 presidential run. Sung to the tune of the Gap Band's 'You Dropped a Bomb on Me': You dropped OBAMA on ME ... baby ...' The whole country would sing along and drop votes like it's hot."

Hip-hop: "... is not the source of all the world's evils. They've pretty much blamed hip-hop for everything that's wrong in the world. Some people think al-Qaeda is a rap group from Brooklyn. Let's point the cameras and mics inward ... Let he who is without sin rap the first verse."

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