BMA Violet Hour: Tschabalala Self & Abdu Ali
Join us for a candid conversation and studio visit with artist and painter Tschabalala Self and electronic musician, writer, cultural worker, and multidisciplinary artist Abdu Ali. Abdu visits Tschabalala’s artist studio in New Haven, Connecticut, where they discuss the process and inspiration behind the works in Tschabalala Self: By My Self, on view through September 19, 2021. Learn how Henri Matisse has influenced Tschabalala’s work and hear her and Abdu’s thoughts on being Black artists and the importance of Black artists working in collaboration. The program concludes with a live Q&A session with Tschabalala and Abdu.
Tschabalala Self (born 1990, Harlem, NY) lives and works in New York City and New Haven, CT. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2020); Art Omi, New York (2019); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019); Frye Art Museum, Seattle (2019); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018); Tramway, Glasgow (2017); and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2017); as well as numerous group exhibitions around the world. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art and a BA from Bard College.
Abdu Ali is an electronic musician, writer, cultural worker, and multidisciplinary artist who works in sound, collaboration, video, and performance. Their work often interrogates ideas of race, gender, and sexuality that manifests as poetic inquiries of identity, promoting liberation from oppressive ideologies and encouraging self-marginalized peoples to be self-determined. Their work also centers on promoting authentic Black queer legacies and narratives, which are often subjected to distortion and erasure.