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Introduction

Through a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, Tschabalala Self (born 1990) explores ideas about the black female body and celebrates the beauty of everyday black life. The women in her work take up space on large pieces of paper or colorful canvases and seem to be caught in private, joyous moments: dancing with a lover, reclining on a bed, greeting a friend. Their exaggerated bodies are both embraced and questioned by Self.

The fantasies and attitudes surrounding the Black female body are both accepted and rejected within my practice, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise. 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.
- Tschabalala Self

Self’s work has been shown at the ICA Boston, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Yuz Museum in Shanghai, Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Haus der Kunst in Munich, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Museum in New York, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. She received her MFA from Yale with a focus on Painting and Printmaking and was selected for the Studio Museum AIR Program in 2019.

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Tschabalala Self, Mista & Mis'ess

Mista & Mis'ess, 2021
Collage with silkscreen, etching, embossment, gilding, cut paper, cast paper, hand sewing, hand painting on hand-dyed and handmade paper
55 x 51 inches 
Edition of 33

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Tschabalala Self, Mista & Mis'ess

Mista & Mis'ess, 2021
Collage with silkscreen, etching, embossment, gilding, cut paper, cast paper, hand sewing, hand painting on hand-dyed and handmade paper
55 x 51 inches 
Edition of 33

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021   Tschabalala Self, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
2021   Tschabalala Self, Centro per Arte Contemporanea Luigi, Pecci, Italy
2020   Tschabalala Self, ICA Boston, Boston, MA
2019   Bodega Run, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Bodega Run, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China
2017   Tschabalala Self, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemorary Art, London, England

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021   Journey Thruogh a Body, Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf, Germany
2021   SWEAT, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
2020   Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
2019   Present Tense: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia
2019   Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2017   TriggerGender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York, NY
2016   Desire, Moore Building, Miami, FL
2015   A Contellation, Studio Museum, Harlem, NY

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