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Damali Abrams | Guyana, USA

Damali Abrams

Born in 1974
Lives and works in New York, USA
Video, performance

My fictional television network, Self-Help TV, is an ongoing video-performance project, using my own body and personal history as a point of departure. Self-Help TV employs a range of televisual formats, including comedy, drama and reality to examine issues of self-improvement.

Mainstream self-help tends to ignore how factors such as race, class and gender might affect one’s overall well-being. However, as a woman of color, it is important to give visibility to people who are rarely represented. I also intend for my work to be universal, to subtly engage viewers in the space where we all feel alienated, out-of-place or unsure.

Holder of a BA from the New York University and of a MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, USA.

In 2009-2010, she is artist-in-residency at A.I.R, New York, USA.

She is a member of the New Yorker women artists’ collective tART as well as one of the coordinator of the Feminist Art Project in New York.

Collective exhibitions with Damali Abrams

Timehri Transitions: Expanding Concepts in Guyana Art at the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York, USA (2013) ; Caribe Now contemporary art of the Caribbean Diaspora at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York, USA (2012-2013) ; SITE Project at the LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater and Humanities Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, USA (2012) ; Ain’t A Woman? at the MoCADA, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art in New York, USA (2010) ; Making & Sharing a Room of Our Own at Figment in New York, USA (2010).

Special project

Together with the Fresh Milk platform from Barbados, Damali Abrams is leading the project The Fresh Performance Project : one year of videos and exchanges, discussions around the topic of performance, around ten Caribbean artists living in the Caribbean region as well as 10 Caribbean artists from the diaspora, living in New York.

Biennials, festivals

Damali Abrams participates into La Bienal 2013: Here Is Where We Jump at the Museo del Barrio in New York, USA (2013) and the REACH Festival, USA (2013).