ISCP TalkJanuary 26, 2023, 6–7pm
Artists at Work: Johanna Mirabel with Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham
For this Artists at Work talk, ISCP artist-in-residence Johanna Mirabel will speak about her paintings and the complex, intersectional themes they depict with museum professional Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham. Mirabel is the recipient of the 2022 Ritzau Art Prize at ISCP which provides global visibility, professional development, and career-enhancing residencies in New York City to promising visual artists from the African continent and of African descent.
In her paintings, Mirabel explores pictorial representation, shifting between abstraction, expressionism, and realism. She stages contradictions and juxtapositions using lush vegetation, partially present and disparate objects to evoke the inherent complexity of life between different cultures. Inspired by French writer Édouard Glissant’s theory of creolization, Mirabel creates pictorial forms that appear to be in motion, with characters that are embedded, nested, and ready to merge with their environments. The artist invites us to inhabit her work, to mentally explore her images as if they were parallel realities.
Johanna Mirabel is a French artist of Guyanese and Caribbean origin who graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Mirabel has exhibited work at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, United States; L’Espace des femmes in Paris, France; L’Orfèvrerie, Saint-Denis, France; Août Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy; among other venues. She is the recipient of the 2021 Prize Hatvany & Fondation de France, as the member and president of the collective La Marge, and the 2019 Prize for Excellence/Grand International Prize, Takifuji Art Award, Tokyo, Japan.
Stephanie Johnson-Cunningham is the Executive Director of Museum Hue. Stephanie is committed to changing museums to bring about greater attention and constant awareness of racial issues through arts and culture. She stresses that the best pedagogical strategies include the cultural capital of communities to deepen knowledge and understanding of art, history, and culture. Stephanie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College and a Masters degree in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS) from Rutgers University. She also received the Americans for the Arts 2019 American Express Emerging Leader Award for her work.
This program is supported, in part, by Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.
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