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Ayana V. Jackson’s Photographs Are Monuments to History’s Unmemorialized Black Women

by Jessica Lanay
Ayana Velissia Jackson is a photographer and video artist who makes amendments to a traditionally one-sided history of race and gender in photography. In her practice, Jackson positions her body as subject in order to create a new time/space in which she may interrogate tropes of the Black body in photography. Her recent Cape Town exhibition at Gallery MOMO, , is a visual dialogue that speaks to ideas of race, gender, pleasure, escapism, and creating monuments for the Black femme in history.... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lanay on 9/25
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Santina Amato Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I am wanting to capture the delight in things I felt as a child: the absolute thrill of watching things transform, move, grow, change. I grew up in an Italian immigrant household in Australia and participated in the process of cooking for the family with my mother. Watching her make dough was one of my absolute favorite things to experience as a child. The way her body moved, kneading the soft, white material, folding it over and... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/22
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Under the Radar: Haya Ogura | Rebecca Kaufman | Lesley Blakelock

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Haya Ogura – Tokyo Rebecca Kaufman – Oakland Lesley Blakelock –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/21
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Andrea Crespo’s Latest Film Unpacks Dangerous Misrepresentations of Autism

by Vanessa Gravenor
, Andrea Crespo’s video installation, which opened at Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler during Berlin Art Week, runs for one hour. It has a linear plotline, with silent dialogue written over the image. The aesthetics are sparse; the film flickers through still shots of institutional interiors, revealing an interrogation in which the minds and bodies of people with autism are charted and managed by the State. In the gallery, the artist emphasizes this bodily control with clinical and military... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 9/19
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Dain Mergenthaler Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I think that my cartoony, frilly, animated work is a ploy to coax viewers into looking at the world around them with fresh, queer eyes: to look under rocks and into subway grates and at lamp posts and between train cars and find a new, alien world that is dangerous and sexy and scary at the same exact time that it is benign and gray. I’ve become quite obsessed with this manipulation in hopes that I can warp our immutable... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/17
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Under the Radar: Aimee Gilmore | Eva Perez | Ann Moody

by The Artslant Team
Follow your favorite artists to see new work and exhibitions by adding them to your watchlist. Aimee Gilmore – Philadelphia Eva Perez – Los Angeles Ann Moody –... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team
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Where Is Ana Mendieta? Inspiring a New Generation of Artists Today

by Maya-Roisin Slater
On the 8th of September, 1985, Cuban-American performance and multi-media artist Ana Mendieta fell naked from the window of her 34th floor apartment. The fatal fall occurred in the presence of her then husband, minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, who was subsequently charged with her murder. Despite evidence, including Mendieta’s acute fear of heights, which would have presumably kept her at a distance from the apartment’s large sliding glass windows, and witness statements claiming they heard an... [more]
Posted by Maya-Roisin Slater on 9/15
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Final Day to Apply! + Announcing the ArtSlant Prize IX Round 7 Jurors

by The Artslant Team
  Round 7 closes today, Friday, September 14! Apply today for your chance at $5k in prizes! To apply, sign in to artslant.com, click the menu navicon (three horizontal bars in upper right corner that look like a tiny Donald Judd) and select ArtSlant Prize.  We are very pleased to announce that this round's jurors are  See below for full bios: ROUND... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/14
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An Exhibition of Afro-Cuban Art Unmasks the Legacy of Racism in Cuba

by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska
At the heart of the exhibition áscaras (Without Masks), currently at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, is the inherent contradiction between socialism’s ideals of equality and the lived experiences of racism for Cuban artists of African descent. Centering the Afro-Cuban experience, its complex social and political history, and the censorship of voices seeking to expose inequalities, Sin Máscaras is described as the largest and most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to contemporary... [more]
Posted by Yoli (Yoanna) Terziyska on 9/13
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Christopher Squier Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
  What are you trying to communicate with your work? I create darkly humorous cultural artifacts, reflecting on contemporary infrastructures and how dislocation and wreckage are embedded within modern political geographies. What is an artist’s responsibility? Artists have the opportunity to work outside of the velocity and hyperactivity of other industries, and therefore to focus on unusual—and sometimes even trivial—topics, to find ways to connect them to larger conversations.... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 9/11