Exploring the black female form in Tschabalala Self’s first ever UK exhibition

My Black Ass and other works are being displayed in Tschabalala Self's first ever UK exhibition.

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Tschabalala Self

Hailing from New York, Tschabalala Self paints, prints and sculpts human identity in a truly bold and brilliant fashion. For the first time on British soil, Self’s art is showcased from the first five years of her artistic work in an exciting new exhibition at London’s Parasol Unit.

Self’s work is a colourful and expressive mix of paintings and sculptures where exaggerated body shapes make politically charged statements about societies perception of the black female body within contemporary culture. Pieces from the exhibition include painting, ‘Pieces of Me’ and gif animation ‘My Black Ass’ – which demonstrates Self’s unique and contemporary style while conveying powerful messages of life as a black woman through her art.

All manner of mediums are exploited by Self, from oil and acrylic paints to a mix of materials used in her collages. African or African-inspired cloth – obtained from her mother, is sewn directly onto her work along with unfinished work in order to assert Self’s own identity while exploring how society has perceived the black female body.

The free exhibition will run in Hoxton until the 12th of March.
For more information head to the Parasol Unit website

Featured image: Tschabalala Self, ‘Pieces of Me’ (detail). 2015.  Courtesy of Friedman Collection. Photograph by Thomas Nelford.
All images via parasol-unit
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