Alexandra Karakashian (n. 1988, Johannesburg) is a South African artist who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. His work stems from his personal and family history and reflects on the current problems of exile, migration and refugee status. The process and materiality are key to their practice. Using engine oil and salt used as a means to paint, it is involved in ecological discussions, the threatening instability and collapse subtle; and unethical use of rapidly dwindling natural resources, particularly in the African continent rich in resources. Also investigates notions of mourning, both individual and collective, and lamentation for the loss of land and those who have been 'evicted'.Read More
His work is part of private and public collections including the National Gallery of Iziko South Africa in South Africa, Spier Collection in South Africa, Darvesh Collection in United Arab Emirates, the Royal Portfolio collection in South Africa, and Luciano Benetton collection in Italy.
Text courtesy Sabrina Amrani Gallery.
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