Founded in 2011 by Maria Varnava, Tiwani Contemporary exhibits and represents international contemporary artists, focussing on Africa and its diaspora. Since its establishment, the gallery continues to showcase new and established talent – mounting landmark and critically-acclaimed exhibitions in a series of firsts. Artists such as Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, Emeka Ogboh, Simone Leigh and Kapwani Kiwanga showed at Tiwani Contemporary in the early stages of their career. In 2019, the gallery presented the first international solo exhibition of American post-minimalist Maren Hassinger. In late 2021, the gallery celebrates its 10th anniversary.
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Alicia Henry: To Whom It May Concern27 May - 03 July 2021Tiwani Contemporary is delighted to present the first solo exhibition of work in the United Kingdom by American artist Alicia Henry. During the past twenty years, the Nashville-based artist has created work that departs from Western ideas of portraiture denoting a likeness or a construction of a subject. Her figurative, mixed-media sculptural work foregrounds the human figure in isolation and interaction and in turn is conceived of by the artist as belonging to both a single and communal body. To that end, her evocative, spectral work explores metaphorical and formal connections between visibility and identity. Alicia Henry’s compositions show representations of unidentifiable individuals and groups of people based on a range of composite references including but not limited by her own memories, African masks, paper-dolls, European clowning traditions, American minstrelsy and everyday life and events. These figures appear frequently atomised and often itemised. Eyes become empty sockets or sometimes droop,...