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© 2019 Lisa Blair

February 13, 2016

Fred Wilson was born in the Bronx in 1954 to a Caribbean mother and an African American father. He describes himself as of "African, Native American, European and Amerindian" descent. Wilson spent most of his childhood in an all-white enclave in Westchester, NY where his family was greeted with racist graffiti—NIGERS [sic] GO BACK TO AFRICA—before they had even moved in.

In the late seventies, Wilson was employed in various professions including several within the art world. He was an art installer, curator, and guard at...

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