Yuz Project Space of Art will present American artist Tschabalala Self’s first solo exhibition in China on September 22nd. In this exhibition, the artist will continue her study on the bodega through her new series of paintings, sculptures, photos and video. The audience will also have a chance to see her well-known portrait - a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials.
The Spanish term “Bodega” is a kind of fundamental corner store in New York. These institutions emerged with the arrival and settlement of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans to New York City, bodegas have become a social space where different communities of color converge. To Self, who was born and raised in Hamilton Heights in Harlem, bodegas at their best function as microcosms of cross-cultural exchange within the contemporary metropolitan African-diaspora; however, at their worst bodegas mirror the disparities projected upon communities of color by the society at large. The project is the first time that the artist explores the possibilities and limitations of a real-life environment, focusing on the racism, segregation and wealth disparity in the US.
On the opening, we are honored to invite the artist and Lisa Movius, the China Bureau Chief of the international edition of The Art Newspaper, to talk about her artistic practice and the significance of this community avatar. The artist will also walk through her project in the gallery after the talk to help the audience get a better understanding of Black-American’s metropolitan life.
About the Artist Tschabalala Self (b.1990 Harlem, USA) lives and works in New York and New Haven. Self has exhibited widely in museums and art institutions internationally. Her solo exhibitions include: “Tschabalala Self,” Tramway, Glasgow,2017; “Tschabalala Self,” Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, 2017; “The Function,” T293, Naples,2016; “Tropicana,” The Cabin, Los Angesles, 2015 and etc. Group shows include: “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon,” New Museum, New York, 2017; “Face to Face, Los Angeles Collects Portraiture,” The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, 2017; “Desire,” Moore Building, Miami, 2016; “A Constellation,” Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem, 2015 and etc.
About the Guest Lisa Movius is the China Bureau Chief of the international edition of The Art Newspaper. She has extensively covered Chinese art and avant-garde culture since moving to Shanghai in 1998.