Kehinde Wiley

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

Adam Pendleton

Installation view, Belgian Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale

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.

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.

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