Monday, February 24, 2020

An Artist Who Doesn’t Want to Feed Western Fantasies About Africa

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Meara Sharma
Samson’s recent work plays on ceremony and spirituality while also subverting stereotypical African imagery. Stephanie Veldman
In the South African artist Cinga Samson’s “Ivory” series of paintings — five lush, ethereal, figurative canvases made in 2018 — a young black man in jeans and an ornate gold-colored jacket stands in the middle of the 4-by-3 foot compositions, reveling amid tropical ferns, twisting vines and bird-of-paradise plants against a moody backdrop of rocks and sea. In each painting, the setting is surreal but the figure’s stance is coolly elegant; his eyes, pupil-less white orbs, suggest an inner reverie. Seemingly unconcerned with the viewer, he projects a strong presence, at once inviting and enigmatic, joyful and antagonistic. This is a world that belongs, unequivocally, to him. [More]
The artist Cinga Samson in his studio in Cape Town.CStephanie Veldman
Samson’s recent work plays on ceremony and spirituality while also subverting stereotypical African imagery. Stephanie Veldman