Past Resident2020: Galerie Templon
Omar Ba’s paintings represent political and social motifs that are open to multiple interpretations. His artistic vocabulary raises historical and timeless questions while formulating a wholly contemporary artistic message. Ba’s iconography features personal metaphors, ancestral references and hybrid figures. In his work, he seeks to express his subconscious and symbolic interpretation of the real.
Omar Ba has exhibited work at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; and Louvre Abu Dhabi, among others.
Past Resident2020: Danish Arts Foundation
Solvej Helweg Ovesen
Solvej Helweg Ovesen is a curator, author, and educator. She is the artistic director of the non-commercial exhibition space Galerie Wedding – Exhibition Space for Contemporary Art in Berlin since 2015. Ovesen refers to her practice as “deep curating.” She curates festivals and biennials and produces works in all media with artists, focused on knowledge production, and the sensorium.
Solvej Helweg Ovesen has presented projects at The Nordic Embassies, Berlin; Riga Biennial; and the Danish Pavilion Venice Biennial, 2019, among other spaces.
Residents from Denmark
Past Resident2020: Alice and Lawrence Weiner, 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 with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Hartfield Foundation
In his practice Shahpour Pouyan explores power, domination, and possession through culture. He transforms political issues into a monument of poetic and visual form. The repetition of mistakes and errors is one of his main concerns, and he reflects this by bringing historical aesthetics and mediums to his art practice. He grapples with materials provided from the political world and historic documents; the poetic qualities of power and the human condition inspire him.