Watch: Tschabalala Self and Ekow Eshun in conversation
As part of her solo show Home Body at Pilar Corrias, Tschabalala Self joined Ekow Eshun, writer and curator (most recently: In The Black Fantastic at Hayward Gallery, London) for a conversation on her approach to this large-scale exhibition and recent developments in her artistic practice.
About the speakers
Tschabalala Self (b.1990 Harlem, USA) lives and works in the New York Tri-State. Self builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the Black body. She constructs depictions of predominantly female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The formal and conceptual aspects of Self’s work seek to expand her critical inquiry into selfhood and human flourishing. Recent solo exhibitions and performances include Le Consortium, Dijon (2022); Performa 2021 Biennial New York City, New York (2021); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2021); ICA, Boston (2020); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019).
Ekow Eshun (b. 1968, London, UK) is a writer, broadcaster and curator, most recently of In the Black Fantastic at Hayward Gallery, London, 2022. Eshun is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and former Director of the ICA, London. He is the author of Africa State of Mind, nominated for the Lucie Photo Book Prize, and Black Gold of the Sun, nominated for the Orwell Prize. He has contributed to monographs and publications on artists including Mark Bradford, Chris Ofili, Kehinde Wiley, John Akomfrah and Wangechi Mutu, and his writing appears in publications such as the New York Times, Financial Times, Observer and The Guardian.