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Tschabalala Self: <EM>Pieces of Me</EM> (detail). 2015Oil and acrylic on paper, 111.8 x 152.4 cm, 44 x 60 inCourtesy of Friedman CollectionPhotograph by Thomas Nelford
Tschabalala Self: Pieces of Me (detail). 2015
Oil and acrylic on paper, 111.8 x 152.4 cm, 44 x 60 in
Courtesy of Friedman Collection
Photograph by Thomas Nelford
Tschabalala Self
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art  •  17 January - 12 March 2017

This is a solo exhibition by American artist Tschabalala Self. Showing for the first time in the United Kingdom it brings together works drawn from the first five years of her artistic career.

Self’s expressive and dynamic works, which include painting, print, collage and sculpture, depict the human figure. The fluidity of movement and exaggerated form of her images are quick to capture the attention of viewers and elicit a vivid response. Primarily concerned with the concept of the Black female body within contemporary culture, Self examines the confluence of race, gender and sexuality through a variety of forms and narratives in which each subject – or as she prefers, character – expresses an individually powerful identity.

Voyeurism, the act of watching and of being watched, is an important component in Self's work, which encourages a world of imagination, transformation and fantasising around a particular subject. Never imposing any vulnerability or sense of victimhood upon her characters, Self instead endows each of them with a positively pulsating confidence. At times, the unseen voyeur is made visible in her paintings: for example, through the huge, cartoonish eyes afloat in the background of Mira Mira, 2016; or the two staring brown eyes in Bodega Run, 2015. We are prompted to ask ourselves, whose eyes are they? Yet, the ever-watchful eyes seem to have no affect on the subject herself. In My Black Ass, 2016, her most recent animation work, the Black female character comes to life, displaying her buttocks and genitals in an energetic dance, clearly indifferent to any watching eye. Although based on a particular ethnicity, Self’s innovative works nonetheless speak universally of all humanity and its collective concerns.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Website

Contact: Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road 
London / N1 7RW
Tel: (44) 020 7490 7373

Xhosa Snuffbox in the shape of an ox, South Africa, Late 19th CenturyPhoto © The Trustees of the British Museum
Xhosa Snuffbox in the shape of an ox, South Africa, Late 19th Century
Photo © The Trustees of the British Museum
South Africa: The Art of a Nation
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  British Museum  •  27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017
In this exhibition a diverse range of art from across the ages tells a story that stretches back 100,000 years. From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art.

British Museum Website

Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tel: 44 (0)20 7323 8299

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Wildlife Photographer of the Year© Sam Hobson
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
© Sam Hobson
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
LONDON, ENGLAND  •  Natural History Museum, London  •  21 October 2016 - 10 September 2017

This year’s competition was the most competitive to date, attracting almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

The exhibition features the collection of 100 exceptional images, revealing the astonishing diversity of life on our planet and highlighting our crucial role in protecting it.

Natural History Museum, London Website

Contact: Natural History Museum, London
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 20 7942 500

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