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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Tschabalala Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The exaggerated biological characteristics of her figures reflect Self's own experiences and cultural attitudes toward race and gender. "The fantasies and attitudes surrounding the Black female body are both accepted and rejected within my practice, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise," Self has said. "I am attempting to provide alternative, and perhaps fictional, explanations for the voyeuristic tendencies towards the gendered and racialized body; a body which is both exalted and abject."

Featured Artworks

Lit by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork Tschabalala SelfLit, 2017 Painted canvas, fabric, oil, acrylic, and flashe on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm
Pilar Corrias
Milkcrate by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork Tschabalala SelfMilkcrate, 2017 Laser cut mdf
61 x 104.1 x 73.7 cm
Pilar Corrias
Grape Soda by Tschabalala Self contemporary artwork Tschabalala SelfGrape Soda, 2017 Neon
243.8 x 92.1 x 10.2 cm
Pilar Corrias

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tschabalala Self, Bodega Run at Pilar Corrias, London
Closed
7–27 September 2017 Tschabalala Self Bodega Run Pilar Corrias, London

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 2 Nov 2018 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

There is no official Shanghai Art Week, but the term has nevertheless entered the lexicon of the city's contemporary art community. It's especially apt this year, with the firmly established West Bund Art Fair (8–11 November 2018) and Art021 (9–11 November 2018) taking place the same week that the 12th Shanghai Biennale opens at the Power Station...

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In Related Press

Tschabalala Self’s Avatars of Black Womanhood Related Press Tschabalala Self’s Avatars of Black Womanhood Hyperallergic : 9 March 2019

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 textile-and-paint collage by artist Tschabalala Self. Elsewhere in the work, black, pink, and rosewood fabric swatches define the figure's face,...

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