To mark the occasion of Alicia Henry's first UK solo exhibition 'To Whom It May Concern' currently on view at Tiwani Contemporary, we are delighted to host a conversation between the American artist and Gaëtane Verna, Director and Artistic Director of The Power Plant, Toronto in Canada along with Dr Christine Checinska, Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK.
During the past twenty years, the Nashville-based Alicia Henry has created work that departs from Western ideas of portraiture in its focus on a likeness or a construction of a subject. Her figurative, mixed-media sculptural work foregrounds the human figure in isolation and interaction and in turn is conceived of by the artist as belonging to both a single and communal body. To that end, her evocative, spectral work explores metaphorical and formal connections between visibility and identity.
A native of Illinois, USA, artist Alicia Henry received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. She is currently Professor of Art at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. She lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee.
Gaëtane Verna is an art historian. She is the Director and Artistic Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Dr Christine Checinska is the Victoria & Albert Museum in London’s inaugural Curator of African and African Diaspora Fashion and Lead Curator of the forthcoming Africa Fashion exhibition, due to open 11 June 2022.