Mequitta Ahuja’s current series Performing Painting, depicts the artist enacting staged allegories of painting. Ahuja takes as her point of departure, the 14th century frescoes of Giotto depicting interior scenes and adjacent landscapes. In bold, simple shapes, Ahuja presents elements as archetypes, depicting scenes and narratives as allegories for historical ideas about painting. While she develops her ideas from Western art history, her substitutions to that tradition are pointed; picturing herself, an African American and South Asian American woman, as the archetypical artist.
Mequitta Ahuja’s selected exhibitions include Portraiture Now at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Marks of Genius at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, State of the Art, Crystal Bridges; Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum; The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Houston Collects African American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston has participated in artist in residence programs at the Core Program, the Maryland Institute College of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy and upcoming at the Dora Maar House. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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The work of Rikke Benborg connects physically staged and scenographic space with temporal aspects of experimental film. Through video, film and animation she creates minimal and dreamlike settings inhabited by alienated or uncomfortable female characters. In other works she explores notions of form in relation to the physical body in short films which blur the boundaries between body and object.
Rikke Benborg (born in 1973, Denmark) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has exhibited both in Denmark and abroad, including Sweden, England and the United States. She is currently showing work in the Hong Kong based film and video festival Videotage.