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Kindred presents a selection of art and design work from artists who identify as being of African descent. The assembled graduate, undergraduate, and alumni students are among the 83 students on the RISD campus who share this African ancestry. The artists featured in the show demonstrate a cross section of ethnic affiliations which include Black, African- American, African American-European, Haitian, Trinidadian-Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Japanese, Caribbean-Filipino, Guinean-American, Nigerian-American, and Swedish-Ugandan. Students hail from the following departments: Apparel Design, Film/Animation/Video, Furniture Design, Glass, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. The students work in and outside their formal disciplines to highlight the complexities of race, identity politics, gender stereotypes, homosexuality, religious freedom, Afro-futurism and the connections between nature, physical objects and the human condition.