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Shoshanna Weinberger | Jamaica

Nace en 1973 en Kingston, Jamaica, de una madre jamaicana y de un padre estadounidense,
Vive y trabaja en Newark, NJ, EE.UU,
Pintura, dibujo

The cultural history of female exposé, presentation and excessive notions of beauty drives my work. As an artist, I find the idea of what popular culture defines as feminine beauty to be skewed and distorted.

My drawings identify with beauty both physiologically and politically, making connections of awkwardness as a female growing-up in a society obsessed with attaining beauty result in imagery that depicts this as warped excess. Images resulting in malformed and decapitated bodies, with cornrow braids, Afros, unkept locks and pigtails; mutations of multiple-mouths, breasts and buttocks; creating a sense of familiarity, confusion, humor and tension.

I explore contemporary connections, cultural stereotypes and historical women who have been subjugated into modern-day Hottentots. I find this beauty distortion in prepubescent pageant toddlers, strippers, Hollywood-icons, West-Indian Dancehall performers, extreme plastic surgery and even myself.

These figures are tangled, hogtied and wearing props associated with femininity such as bras, thongs, jewelry, make-up and high-heels. Some of the bodies are defiled with graffiti typically found in bathroom stalls. Like tattoos, scars or hieroglyphs, the graffiti covers the forms alluding to mating and desire.

The drawings refer to the psychology of coexisting in human and animal form as well as forms both grotesque and sexualized. Confronting how women survey themselves and examine each other along with how women are displayed for male desire plays into female beauty are a part of my work.

Graduada en bellas artes – licenciatura (BFA) de la SAIC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, EE.UU (1995) y en bellas artes – maestría (MFA) de la Yale School of Art / Yale University, EE.UU (2003).

Exposiciones individuales de Shoshanna Weinberger

Sometimes All of Me is not Enough en Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art en Miami, EE.UU (2012) y What Makes My Hottentot So Hot en la Solo(s) Project House de Newark, EE.UU (2012).

Exposiciones colectivas

Works for Collections en la HiQo Gallery en Kingston, Jamaica (2013) ; Slippery Slope en la Woman Made Gallery de Chicago, EE.UU (2013) ; Empire en FiveMyles en Nueva York, EE.UU (2013) ; Natural Histories en la National Gallery of Jamaica de Kingston, Jamaica (2013) ; The Drawing Project, online exhibition del Frost Art Museum de Miami, EE.UU (2013) ; Following the Line en el Girls Club de Ft. Lauderdale, EE.UU (2012) ; Acts of Alterity en la Nomad Gallery de Bruselas, Bélgica (2012) ; Why I Draw en la Front Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation de Nueva York, EE.UU (2012) ; Spillage en Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art en Miami, EE.UU (2011) ; Reality + Artifice en el New Jersey State Museum de Trenton, EE.UU (2010) ; Hysteria: Past Yet Present en la Paul Robeson Galleries de Rutgers, EE.UU (2009) o The New Authentics en el Spertus Museum de Chicago, EE.UU (2007).

Bienales

Shoshanna Weinberger participa en la 1a ‘Biennale Internationale d’Art Contemporain de Martinique’, la BIAC en el Morne Rouge, Martinica (2013) y varias veces en la National Biennial Exhibition de la National Gallery of Jamaica de Kingston, Jamaica (2012, 2008, 2006).

Colecciones

Las obras de la artista jamaicana están incluidas, entre otras, en las colecciones del : Newark Museum de Newark, NJ, EE.UU ; Margulies Collection, Miami, EE.UU ; Sagamore Collection de Miami, EE.UU ; Girls Club Collection de Ft. Lauderdale, EE.UU.

Premios

Shoshanna Weinberger recibe el Primer Premio de la 34th Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, de Peoria, EE.UU, en 2013.

Su trabajo también ha sido recompensado por el Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize de la Yale University de New Haven, EE.UU, en 2003 y por el Gamblin Art Award – siempre la Yale University – en 2002.

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