Wangechi Mutu


You Are My Sunshine, 2015

The work of Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu combines elements of sci-fi and Afrocentricity as a means of reflecting and commenting on present day issues of people of color as well as re-examining past historical events.  Mutu’s art is considered Afrofuturist because she often approaches her themes with a sci-fi like blueprint to contemplate alternate realities for Africa and people of African descent. She specifically depicts this with her morphing of the organic (human) and inorganic (machine) via collage on huge pieces of mylar. You can see this depicted strongly in her series Family Tree. The female form is often if not always central in her work. Her figurative pieces combine technology and organic ‘parts’ (human and animal) from tears found in porn, fashion, and auto magazines, along with random and non random materials. “Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

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Mickalene Thomas




Interior: Zebra with Two Chairs and Funky Fur, 2014
PRINT
Relief, intaglio, lithography, archival inkjet, collage, enamel paint, gold leaf, colored pencil
109.2 x 134.6 cm
Edition of 24

A classic constructed interior that draws inspiration from Matisse, Romare Bearden, Cubism and contemporary Pop references which has been constant influences in Thomas’s work. The artist explores the interplay of line, form, and material, punctuated by the impeccable use of color and textures. Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her elaborate, collage-inspired paintings, embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her depictions of African American women explore a spectrum of black female beauty and sexual identity while constructing images of femininity and power. Thomas’s production is informed by the classical genres of portraiture, landscape, still life, and the female nude. She combines careful borrowings from historical painting with contemporary popular culture, taking cues from such artists as Romare Bearden, Gustave Courbet, David Hockney, Édouard Manet, and Henri Matisse. In combining traditional genres with African American female subjects, Thomas makes a case for opening up the conventional parameters of art history and culture.

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República Dominicana

Trinidad y Tobago

Guyana

Guatemala

Suriname

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Kehinde Wiley



Born in 1977, Wiley combines aesthetic motifs of traditional artistic portraiture with contemporary models of black people to explore issues of identity.
www.kehindewiley.com

Adam Pendleton


Installation view, Belgian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale

http://adampendleton.net/

Adam Pendleton (b. 1984, Richmond, Virginia) is a conceptual artist known for his multi-disciplinary practice, which moves fluidly between painting, publishing, photographic collage, video and performance. His work centers on an engagement with language, in both the figurative and literal senses, and the re-contextualization of history through appropriated imagery to establish alternative interpretations of the present and, as the artist has explained, “a future dynamic where new historical narratives and meanings can exist.”

T.S Abe


Born in 1989 in Brixton, London and a graduate of Central Saint Martins University of the Arts, Her drawings have appeared in album covers, magazines like Dazed and Confused, exhibition shows, among other mediums.
http://www.tsabe.co.uk/

Toyin Odutola




Toyin Ojih Odutola is a visual artist who creates drawings utilizing a variety of media. With any given tool, she emphasizes how an image is a striated terrain to mine beyond representation. Born in Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1985, she earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts. She currently lives and works in New York.
http://toyinojihodutola.com/

Maria Thereza Alves

Artist Maria Thereza Alves, originally from Brazil and of Guarani, Kaingang, Portuguese, and African descent, has lived and worked in Europe since 1994. Her projects are concerned not only with the repatriation of objects but also with how these returns can enable greater agency for indigenous peoples in her home country. Concerned with the recovery of knowledge, Her project Fair Trade Head (2007) is a provocation aimed at European museums. The idea of the piece is that a living person can donate their head to the Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Rouen in exchange for the return of a head from the Rouen collection back to the community of origin in Aotearoa/New Zealand.



Fair Trade Head (2007), Lambda prints, diptych, 100 x 100 cm each


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Njideka Akunyili




The Beautyful Ones” Series #1b 2012 Acrylic, color pencils and transfers on paper 5.1 ft. × 3.5 ft.
I Refuse to be Invisible, 2010 Ink, charcoal, acrylic and xerox transfers on paper 10 ft. × 7 ft.

http://njidekaakunyili.com

Madrid Graphic Activists

Madrid has elections on the 24 of May, and Illustrators and graphic designers are contributing with a free graphic campaign on this tumblr: http://madridconmanuela.tumblr.com/

Maximus Chatsky




Behance /Flickr The work of the ukranian photographer and designer Maximus Chatsky.