Tschabalala Self
American, born 1990
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2017
Tschabalala Self: Bodega Run,
Pilar Corrias Gallery
Tschabalala Self,
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
2016
Off-Site Exhibition: A Shape That Stands Up,
Hammer Museum

Tschabalala Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The exaggerated biological characteristics of her figures reflect Self’s own experiences and cultural attitudes toward race and gender. “The fantasies and attitudes surrounding the Black female body are both accepted and rejected within my practice, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise,” Self has said. “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.”