Almost Acquaintances

How do music videos and the media shape identity? How do they inform ideas about race and stereotypes?

Tameka Norris, A Portrait about Identity, digital print, 2008

Source: Courtesy the artist, Ronchini Gallery and ARTNESIA

Tameka Norris, A Portrait about Identity, digital print, 2008

In the 21st century world of twerking, social media and oft-discussed ideas of increasingly sexualised promotion for pop stars, these are loaded questions with any number of answers – ones which photographer and artist Tameka Norris is addressing in her new show at London’s Ronchini Gallery.

Tameka Norris, Lexicon excerpt, triptych, 2013

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Tameka Norris, Lexicon excerpt, triptych, 2013

The exhibition includes photography, video, painting and installation works by the New Orleans-based artist, who creates work that mixes low and high-brow culture to explore ideas of personal identity and race.

Tameka Norris, Untitled ( self portrait), 2012

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Tameka Norris, Untitled ( self portrait), 2012

For one performance piece, she re-stages Michelangelo Pistoletto¹s sculpture Venus of the Rags, 1967 ­ 1974, taking it a starting point from which to explore the presence of black women in the history of painting.

Elsewhere, she looks at the devastating aftermath of hurricane Katrina in her native New Orleans, creating large-scale painted works that are made using oil paint on stretched bed-sheets. 

Tameka Norris, Post Katrina 6 ( Diptych), stretched bedsheet,oil paint, 2009

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Tameka Norris, Post Katrina 6 ( Diptych), stretched bedsheet,oil paint, 2009

Ronchini Gallery says, ‘Her work investigates what is happening socially, physically and emotionally as the site undergoes gentrification and the buildings she has previously depicted in her works are torn down and reconstructed.’

Tameka Norris, Post Katrina 6 ( Diptych), stretched bedsheet,oil paint, 2009

Source: Courtesy the artist, Ronchini Gallery and ARTNESIA

Tameka Norris, Post Katrina 6 ( Diptych), stretched bedsheet,oil paint, 2009

Tameka Norris: Almost Acquaintances is at Ronchini Gallery 22 Dering St, London W1S until 29 March www.ronchinigallery.com

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