Curated by Kehinde Wiley
November 6, 2021–January 22, 2022
Jeffrey Deitch Gallery
925 N. Orange Drive, Los Angeles
For this landmark exhibition, Wiley invited a selection of contemporary African artists living throughout the world to each produce a self-portrait. Together these portraits will present a new exploration of identity, perception, and self-regard within the global stage through the lens of figuration, exploring notions of perspective, authorship and control within acts of expression that directly address the self. This collection of self-portraits will offer an examination of the myth of the monolithic ‘Africa’ and an exploration of contemporary artists’ visual definitions of what it means to be ‘African’ or ‘of Africa.’
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ABOUT BLACK ROCK SENEGAL
Black Rock Senegal (Est. 2019) is a multidisciplinary artist-in-residence program founded by Kehinde Wiley in Dakar, Senegal. The program brings together international artists to live and work at Wiley’s coastal compound for 1-3-month residencies. Designed by Senegalese architect Abib Djenne, the complex includes a residence and studio space for Wiley along with 3 single-occupancy residency apartments with adjacent studio spaces. Black Rock Senegal’s mission is to support new artistic creation through collaborative exchange and to incite change in the global discourse about Africa. More information is available online:
ABOUT KEHINDE WILEY Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977, Los Angeles) is a world-renowned visual artist, best known for his vibrant portrayals of contemporary African-American and African-Diasporic individuals that subvert the hierarchies and conventions of European and American portraiture. Working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and video, Wiley’s portraits challenge and reorient art-historical narratives, awakening complex sociopolitical issues that many would prefer remain muted.
In 2018, Wiley became the first African-American artist to paint an official U.S. Presidential portrait for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Former U.S. President Barack Obama selected Wiley for this honor. Wiley is the recipient of the U.S. Department of State’s Medal of Arts, Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, and France’s distinction of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. He holds a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute, an MFA from Yale University, and honorary doctorates from the Rhode Island School of Design and San Francisco Art Institute. He has held solo exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, and his works are included in the collections of over 50 public institutions around the world. Wiley is the Founder and President of Black Rock Senegal. He lives and works in Beijing, Dakar, and New York.
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The artists participating in Self-Addressed are: Stacey Gillian Abe, Tyna Adebowale, Juwon Aderemi, Omar Ba, Ngimbi Bakambana, Hilary Balu, Amoako Boafo, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar, Rehema Chachage, Félicité Codjo, Mbali Dhlamini, Ekene Emeka-Maduka, Yagazie Emezi, Teresa Kutala Firmino, Nonzuzo Gxekwa, Mwangi Hutter, Tosin Kalejaye, Talut Kareem, Banele Khoza, Lindokuhle Khumalo, Salifou Lindou, Epheas Maposa, Gael Maski, Nandipha Mntambo, Shabu Mwangi, Ludovic Nkoth, Collins Obijiaku, Harold Offeh, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Oluwole Omofemi, Nengi Omuku, Zohra Opoku, Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, Thania Petersen, Zizipho Poswa, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Jerry Quarshie, Adjei Tawiah, Barthélémy Toguo, Moussa Traoré, Victor Ubah, Chukwudubem Busayo Ukaigwe, Uthman Wahaab, and Sylvester Zanoxolo.