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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Tarryn Gill is a multidisciplinary artist working across the mediums of photography, film, sculpture, drawing and performance. Over the years her practice has also moved rhizomatically outwards from visual art through film, theatre, choreography, costume and set design. She crosses these boundaries dragging characters, references, materials and sensibilities with her. Gill’s practice is currently informed by research into tomb art, the supernatural and the uncanny, as well as practices of collecting. Drawing heavily on theatrical and museological conventions she creates works that explore visual cultures of death, memory and consumption, creating ‘characters’ that seem to breach the boundaries between the earthly and otherworldly.
Through her solo and collaborative practices, Tarryn Gill has exhibited works and undertaken residency projects across Australia, in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. Notably, her work has been included in exhibitions at the following: Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; 17th Biennale of Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Centre Pompidou, Paris and Art Basel, Miami. She is represented in Australian collections including Artbank, Art Gallery of Western Australia, City of Perth, Kerry Stokes Collection, Wesfarmer Arts and Queensland Art Gallery.