Tschabalala Self (born 1990 in New York, NY, US) engages the overarching history of art making by foregrounding the human body in her work. However, she refers to her painted characters as 'avatars,' placing them in conversation with the digital age, even as her decidedly handmade process engages with tradition. Through technology and social media, we create virtual personas assembled from parts of ourselves we want to highlight; Self's collaged characters may be seen as tactile extensions of that principle. These images emerge from personal exploration and an investigation of identity... The discordantly patterned fabrics combine into bodies that exaggerate curves and simplify features but ultimately resolve into figures with scale and presence. Self's characters are typically nude and often in intimate settings, finding power rather than vulnerability in the exposure of the human form.
In the play, Self treats dialogue as a material for collage, reworking it to elicit new meanings.
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Tschabalala Self discusses her representations of Black bodies as sites of multiplicity.
Few notions so frustrate the liberal imagination as that of the 'body'. Despite its rhetoric dominating our literature and visual culture, the term prompts a sense of corporeal ensnarement, unease and
If you're just finding out about the artist Tschabalala Self—who, at 29, already has already established both industry cred and a cult following—it's more likely than not a little late for you to ac
SEATTLE — Scraps of bright turquoise, yellow, and salmon fabric encircle a swatch of denim imprinted with a building's image; this delineates a figure's thigh. It is part of up Bellyphat (2016), a