I am excited to share that I currently have a solo presentation of my work at Frieze NYC Online Viewing Program, open now until May 14. This is my debut feature with my new gallery, Addis Fine Art, a London and Addis Ababa based gallery which now represents me in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. You may view a selection of my collage and video artwork for the virtual exhibition through either Frieze's website or Addis Fine Art's website. I'll also be giving a virtual artist talk, in conversation with artist-scholar Dr. Ayanna Dozier on May 8, 4pm EST, in conjunction with Frieze's Vision and Justice series of programs, curated by Professor Sarah Elizabeth Lewis. Please RSVP for this online talk at this link.
The work in the Frieze show is an expansion of my ongoing By Way of Revolution series, which I began in 2018. The interdisciplinary project is a celebration of the overlooked histories of BIPOC women's labor within activism, and the generational impact of civil rights eras of the past on today's social justice movements. Over the last year while living in New York and Los Angeles, I have had the pleasure of photographing Black Lives Matter co-founders and chapter leaders, as well as members of newly founded artist-activist groups, including the Wide Awakes and Revival Resistance Chorus. The photographs then become collaged with Black liberation archives from previous civil rights eras that I source through extensive research at university libraries around the country.
In June 2021, two of my large scale collages from the By Way of Revolution series will be reproduced as wheat paste murals in Brooklyn and the Bronx, New York, through a commission with Facebook Open Arts and Artbridge for the public art series "Not A Monolith." That month I'll also be in two group exhibitions at CF Hill in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, FL. I'm also currently an artist in residence with Residency Unlimited, and a selected artist for The Drawing Center's Viewing Program, both in New York City.
- Frieze New York Online Viewing Program, Solo Exhibition, Addis Fine Art Gallery, May 5 - 14, 2021
- "Hidase," Group Exhibition, CFHill Art Space, Stockholm Sweden, June 3 - July 20, 2021
- "Artists & Identity," Group Exhibition, Art and Culture Center, Hollywood, FL, June 5 - August 15, 2021
- "Not A Monolith," Public Art Project with Facebook Open Arts and Artbridge, Brooklyn and The Bronx, NY, Unveiled June 2021
- Virtual Conversation between Helina Metaferia and Dr. Ayanna Dozier, Frieze's Vision and Justice Program, May 8, 2021, 4pm EST
Current Artist Residencies and Programs:
If you are in New York City, please visit my first solo exhibition in New York, "Helina Metaferia: (Middle) Passage for Dreams," at New York University's The Gallatin Galleries, which has been extended through April 7. The exhibition is a six channel video installation that explores Black bodies at rest in benevolent landscapes while discussing assorted contemporary topics, including notions of empowerment, existentialism, and what it means to be Black in America at this time.
Because of gallery restrictions due to COVID-19, the exhibition can be viewed in person from the windows of the gallery as a sidewalk show. Speakers are installed into the gallery windows and the sound from the video is audible from the street. Subtitles are displayed on all the screens for accessibility.
An online screening of the video will occur on March 4 at 7pm EST, followed by a conversation between myself and New York City based artist Steve Locke on the themes of love, the body, and the potential for self-actualization.
More of this season's in person exhibitions, virtual talks, and studio news can be found below.
WINTER 2021 SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
“Helina Metaferia: (Middle) Passage for Dreams,” Solo exhibition, curated by Keith Miller, New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY, January 25 - April 7, 2021
"Against A Sharp White Background," Solo exhibition, curated by Sarah Odens, Auburn University's Biggin Gallery, Auburn, AL, November 16, 2020 - January 15, 2021 (traveling show from Northeastern University's Gallery 360, curated by Amy Halliday)
WINTER 2021 GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
“2021 A.I.R. Biennial: An Ahistorical Daydream,” Group exhibition, curated by Jasmine Wahi, February 12 - March 14, 2021
“We Make The Marks,” Group exhibition, with catalogue text by curator Brittany Webb, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, February 6 - April 3, 2021
"Bring it home," Group exhibition, curated by Ann Thompson and Ramon Tejada, Bennington College's Usdan Gallery, March 2 - May 5, 2021
UPCOMING PUBLIC TALKS AND PANELS:
College Art Association Conference, "Decanonizing the Gallery: Case Studies form the Museums," presentation with curator Amy Halliday on my recent solo exhibition, , February 11, 2021, 2pm EST
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, "VCCA Fireplace Series: Moira Linehan and Helina Metaferia," February 18, 2021, 7:30pm EST
Pratt Institute's Black Futures & Utopias Conference: "Radical Spectacle and Joy Featuring The Wide Awakes," February 19, 2021, 3:30pm
Pentimenti Gallery, "Artist Talk with Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Curator Brittany Webb," February 26, 5:30pm EST
Brown University, "What I'm Thinking About Now: Helina Metaferia's (Middle) Passage for Dreams Screening and Artist Talk," March 4, 12pm EST
NYU The Gallatin Galleries, "Artists Conversation: Helina Metaferia and Steve Locke," March 4, 2021, 7pm EST
Catalogue for "Against A Sharp White Background" with contributions from curator Amy Halliday and artist/scholar Sarah Stefana Smith
2021 Lighthouse Works Legacy Grant
I'm pleased to announce the opening of my solo exhibition, Against A Sharp White Background, at Northeastern University's Gallery 360 in Boston, MA. This interdisciplinary exhibition utilizes performance, video, assemblage, collage, and social engagement to interrogate the exclusionary narratives found within western (art) history while reimagining institutional spaces. The exhibition runs from January 29 through April 5, 2020, and the opening reception takes place on Thursday, January 30, from 5pm-7pm. I hope to see those who live in the New England area there!
In addition, I have four upcoming group exhibitions within the month, including at Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Penn State's HUB-Robeson Gallery (University Park, PA), Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD), and Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, Michigan). All of the exhibition information is listed below.
I am also currently serving as an artist in residence at Triangle Arts Association in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The residency provides free studio space, as well as studio visits with curators and arts organizations. Please save the date for our Triangle Arts Associations open studios on Thursday, February 6, from 6pm-8pm. I'd love to see you there!
Upcoming Solo Exhibition:
Northeastern University's Gallery 360
Curated by Amy Halliday
January 29 - April 5, 2020
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:00-7:00pm
Upcoming Group Exhibitions:
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Curated by Dierdre Darden
January 13 - February 29, 2020
Opening Reception: January 18, 5:00-8:00pm
Penn State's HUB-Robeson Galleries
University Park, PA
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Kiara Ventura, and Dexter Wimberly
January 21 - March 22, 2020
Opening Reception: January 21, 4:00-6:00pm
Ortega y Gasset Projects
Curated by Zahar Vaks
January 25 - February 23, 2020
Opening Reception: January 25, 6:00-9:00pm
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art
Grand Rapids, MI
Curated by Juana Williams
February 21 - June 14, 2020
Opening Reception: February 21, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Upcoming Open Studios:
Triangle Arts Association
Brooklyn, New York
February 6, 6:00-8:00pm
If you are in New York City, I will be presenting on a panel at the Black Portraitures Conference at New York University in October, and will have work in a group exhibition at Smack Mellon in November. Hope to see you there.
Here are some other additional highlights this summer:
Pictured above is a detail view of: Headdress 1, Helina Metaferia, collaged paper, 2019.
Current Artist Residencies:
December 11, 2018 through January 14, 2019
Michigan State University
Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence of Critical Race Theory
East Lansing, MI
2018-2019 academic year
"Multiplicities: Continuous Unknowing"
Assembly Room Gallery
Curated by Natasha Becker
New York, NY
October 19 - November 25, 2018
"Time Is Love"
Mulhouse Art Contemporain
Curated by Kisito Assangni
November 21, 2018
** Part of an internatinoal traveling exhibition which includes venues in Italy, Morocco, United Kingdom, Malta, Germany
"The Dark Horse"
Prizm Art Fair
Curated by Mikhaile Solomon
December 4 - December 9, 2018
The Washington Post
My solo exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery opens Saturday, August 11, 2018. Information for the show is as follows:
"Refiguring the Canon"
New work by Helina Metaferia
August 11 - September 15, 2018
1353 U Street, NW
Opening Reception: August 11, 7pm-9pm
Artist Talk: August 28, 7pm
About the Exhiibtion:
In "Refiguring the Canon," artist Helina Metaferia creates a hybrid environment where performance art and collage are used to interrogate racism, sexism, and notions of western exceptionalism within art historical narratives and institutional spaces. Metaferia displays documentation from performances at the National Gallery of Art and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in which she asserts her body using simple gestures in contrast to historic artworks, challenging their conceptual meaning. In other works, Metaferia uses found magazines, including Art News, Art Forum, and Art in America, published in the 1980's (the decade of her birth). Combining the images of artwork featured in the magazines with photographic stills from her recent performances, Metaferia creates an avatar persona who reclaims a space in art history for under-recognized and marginalized women and artists of color. Playing with the 1980's trending re-interest in "primitivism," Metaferia uses her Ethiopian-American female body as a way to reclaim that gaze and decolonize the appropriation of black culture. Revisiting Hannah Höch's "From An Ethnographic Museum" series from a black woman's perspective, and addressing the Guerrilla Girls' timeless questioning of "greatness" in art history, Metaferia examines how these dated issues remain relevant today.
Artist Paolo Morales will also be opening his exhibtion, "Memphis Tulips" simultaneously at the gallery.
Above Image Caption: "Mythological Quest 1," Helina Metaferia, 2018, 22" x 28, magazine paper, digital print, colored pencils on paper
I am looking forward to presenting at the Black Portraiture[s] III Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 19, 2016 at 10:30am. I am chairing and presenting on the panel "Performing the Continent: Re-Imagining African Identities through Multidisciplinary Art Practices," along with Rashayla Marie Brown, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Tiffany Smith, and moderated by Nikki A. Greene. The conference is put together by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and Goodman Gallery. You can find more details about Black Portraiture[s] III here. Hope to see you at the conference.
The Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, CA just announced my solo exhibition at the museum as a winner of the Emerging Artist Program. The exhibition will take place January 25, 2017 to April 2, 2017 and will consist of installation, performance, and video. Here is the announcement on MoAD's website. Hope to see you at the opening!
I will be renewing my full time AICAD Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship for another academic year at San Francisco Art Institute, where I will continue teaching in the New Genres and Graduate departments. The fellowship includes full time teaching experience, an art studio, a professional development grant, monetary support and benefits, plus participation in the annual fellows conference. Here is the announcement about the fellowship in Art & Education.
I recently was fortunate to have traveled with School of the Museum of Fine Arts professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons to Cuba for the 12th Havana Biennial for a performance in Casablanca. A few MFA graduate students from her installation class helped design and participate in a public performance that involved engaging Cuban citizens in a park with questions about current U.S. and Cuban relations. The performance, titled "Conversando," was mentioned by Holland Cotter in the New York Times in an article discussing this year's biennial. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/arts/design/havanas-vital-biennial-was-trumped-by-a-stifled-voice.html?_r=0
I am happy to be selected as an AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow for the San Francisco Art Institute for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship includes full-time teaching experience, a professional development grant, monetary support and other fun perks. Art & Education (a joint venture between e-flux and Art Forum) just announced the nine fellows who will be placed at seven art institutions. Read here for more: http://www.artandeducation.net/announcement/announcing-fellows-for-post-graduate-teaching-fellowship/
I was honored to be selected as the 2015 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Student Commencement Speaker. Here is a video recording of my commencement speech below. The speech transcript has also been published on the SMFA website: http://www.smfa.edu/files/Helina-Metaferia-MFA-Student-Speaker.pdf
I am happy to be featured in the Boston Globe today in an article on top MFA candidates in Boston, written by art critic Cate McQuaid. It was a good overview to my work and my upcoming thesis exhibition/performance on May 14 at the Boston Center for the Art's Cyclorama.
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