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Isaac Julien

The North Star (Lessons of The Hour) . 2019

The North Star (Lessons of The Hour) . 2019

+ metro pictures

Created in consultation with Douglass scholar Celeste-Marie Bernier of the University of Edinburgh, Julien’s film imagines the person of Frederick Douglass through a series of tableaux vivants and gives life to his relationships with other cultural icons of the time. Continue reading Isaac Julien

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Vivian Browne

Two Men . 1968

Two Men . 1968

+ RYAN LEE

Little Men, comprised of large-scale paintings and works on paper, is considered to be Browne’s first major body of work, and remains distinct from the rest of her oeuvre. The series depicts a succession of aging white men—corpulent, wrinkled, and balding—in various states of frustration and rage. These little men are expressively colored blurs of motion, often seeming to be caught mid-tantrum. Continue reading Vivian Browne

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Nida Sinnokrot

Jonah’s Whale . 2014

Jonah’s Whale . 2014

+ carlier | gebauer

The exhibition Expand Extract Repent Repeat presents recent sculpture, photographs, and installation. The works in the exhibition reference flows of global capital, the writing and rewriting of history, cycles of debt, and architectures of occupation and expansion. Although Expand Extract Repent Repeat speaks to the context of contemporary Palestine, the exhibition does not focus on identity, but instead examines how social, political, environmental, economic, and political structures play out across national categories. Deriving its title from the biblical tale in which a whale devours the prophet Jonah for defaulting on his promise to god, the work Jonah’s Whale comprises a shipping container once used as an Israeli settler caravan and later repurposed as a Palestinian construction site office. Sinnokrot sliced the ready-made container into eleven cross-sections, revealing layers of steel, gypsum, insulation, wires, carpets, and a mattress. A mechanism of control and standardization, the shipping container is a form that regulates currents, whether natural, economic, or political. Continue reading Nida Sinnokrot