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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Slogans such as, “To Your Health”, “My Luck is in Hand”, and “My Father is an old Donkey” permeate Siggi Hofer’s practice. They are almost always clumsily written sentences in English that seem familiar, but remain strange. His “dancing words” veer away from pictorial order and abandon all rules of writing. In this way, Hofer as a non-writer defines writing in a new way.
Siggi Hofer (born 1970) graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 1998 and since then lives and works in Vienna. His artistic work was awarded with several grants and prizes including the Schindler Residency, Los Angeles, 2000; the Strabag Kunstforum Art Award for painting, 2006; the Msgr. Otto Mauer Award, 2009; the Paul Flora Award, 2010; and the Award for Art Practice of the City of Innsbruck (category: Sculpture), 2012.