Three works from Autograph's commission We’re Magic. We’re Real #3 (From Sunset to Sunrise) by Jeannette Ehlers will be on display at Rock My Soul Stockholm.
The works are from a series of 11 new photographs by the artist, exploring hair as an important marker of identity in Pan-African culture, speaking to the interconnectedness of black existence. Ehlers uses this simple yet powerful motif to address the transatlantic enslavement trade, and collective resistance to coloniality. Each image is a symbolic series of performances that poetically describes the relationship between culture and nature, body and landscape, history and the present.
Eva Livijn will host the second iteration of the acclaimed exhibition Rock My Soul, curated by Isaac Julien, KBE RA which premiered at Victoria Miro, London in autumn 2019. Long-time friends, Livijn and Julien present this exhibition in support of equality and gender parity of the artists contributing powerful black female and non-binary voices from diverse backgrounds. Rock My Soul Stockholm makes an intervention into the Scandinavian art scene through engaging with internationalism and cosmopolitanism and by challenging the pre-existing concepts of exclusivity. It paves the way for a local/global critical discourse concerning race and gender as configured in the Swedish and Nordic art scene.
The aim of this exhibition – which will be presented in Livijn’s house-gallery, is to present and celebrate international, cross-generational black artists who have shaped and transformed the contemporary art scene, and continue to expand the language of figuration, abstraction, and self-representation in contemporary art. The exhibition will propose that the questions of race and gender are as relevant as ever, and that the affirmation of the sense of esteem of which bell hooks writes about can help us traverse the established art canons’ concepts.
Autograph's commissioning project considering contemporary Afrodiasporic experiences in Europe, supported by the Art Fund.Read more
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