At Seattle Art Museum, 2015

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Mythological, folkloric worlds form the basis of Saya Woolfalk’s multimedia installations, which blend science fiction, metaphysics, anthropology, and genetics to explore perceptions of the present and future. In the “No Place” series, the artist imagines a fictional, futuristic universe. Inhabited by different classes of creatures who seek to disrupt hierarchies and systems of representation, “No Place” is inspired by ethnographic theories and anthropological satire. This macrocosmic civilization reminds viewers of the diversity of our own world and the relativity of our reality. Each of Woolfalk’s installations builds on previous works and sculpts a mythology extracted from an essential truth. Her art is rooted in a playful aesthetic inspired by Roland Barthes’s Mythologies, metamorphosis in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and contemporary Afrofuturist artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite.

Selected exhibitions
2018
States of MatterZeitgeist
2016
Disguise: Masks and Global African ArtBrooklyn Museum
2015
Disguise: Masks and Global African ArtSeattle Art Museum
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Installation view of ChimaTEK: Virtual Chimeric Space (detail), 2015

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Brooklyn
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At Seattle Art Museum, 2015

Medium
Image rights
Photo: Nathaniel Willson

Mythological, folkloric worlds form the basis of Saya Woolfalk’s multimedia installations, which blend science fiction, metaphysics, anthropology, and genetics to explore perceptions of the present and future. In the “No Place” series, the artist imagines a fictional, futuristic universe. Inhabited by different classes of creatures who seek to disrupt hierarchies and systems of representation, “No Place” is inspired by ethnographic theories and anthropological satire. This macrocosmic civilization reminds viewers of the diversity of our own world and the relativity of our reality. Each of Woolfalk’s installations builds on previous works and sculpts a mythology extracted from an essential truth. Her art is rooted in a playful aesthetic inspired by Roland Barthes’s Mythologies, metamorphosis in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and contemporary Afrofuturist artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite.

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