Tschabalala Self

Out of Body

Oil and fabric collage on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm / 72 x 60 in
2015

New York-based artist Tschabalala Self (b. 1990, Harlem, USA) is best known for her depictions of the Black female figure using various media, taking elements from black culture to construct quilt-like portraits on canvases. Her works express defiance on the oppression of non-conforming bodies to “westernized form of beauty,” while using materials in an unconventional way to highlight the unique shapes of a body, and to let the pieces “express rather than to perform” for an audience. Self’s work is a continuous voyage towards a better understanding of the self and other humans with a goal to challenge and create alternative narratives around the black body. Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions at Pilar Corrias, London (2022); Le Consortium, Dijon (2022); Performa 2021 Biennial New York City, New York (2021); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021); Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf (2021); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2021), among others