David Alekhuogie “Naïveté”

Yancey Richardson Gallery

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[Image: Banda Headdress "A Reprise" (2019) Archival pigment print, 50 1/8 x 40 1/8 in.]

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Yancey Richardson Gallery presents Naïveté, an exhibition of new photographs, collage and fabric sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist David Alekhuogie. Informed by his 2019 trip to Nigeria, the birthplace of his father, Alekhuogie’s recent work incorporates African sculpture and textiles to question ideas of authorship, the hierarchy of art versus craft, and the route through which many African Americans become cognizant of their cultural heritage. A selection of works from the artist’s 2018 series To Live and Die in LA will be featured in the project gallery.

In the photographic series “A Reprise”, Alekhuogie proposes a rewriting of Perfect Documents, the exhibition catalogue of documentary photographs of African sculptures by Walker Evans.Through his own transmutation of Evans’s images, Alekhuogie brings what he calls “the hand-me-down nature of Pan Africanism” to the foreground, and questions through whose eyes, and whose agency, many African Americans form their cultural narratives.

In the 2018 series To Live and Die in LA, Alekhuogie explores the idea of the body as landscape by placing cropped images of male torsos at Los Angeles locations charged with personal and political significance. Printed on canvas and pinned in shallow plywood boxes, the photographs are ultimately portraits of Alekhuogie’s hometown of Los Angeles with its tangled history of dreams and violence.



from March 06, 2021 to April 10, 2021

Opening Reception on 2021-03-06 from 12:00 to 17:00

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