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Alvaro Barrington

  • About the artist

    Alvaro Barrington graduated from Slade School of Fine Art in 2017

  • About the work

    From the website of MoMa PS1, New York


    Barrington’s multimedia work combines materials including textiles, painting, mixed media, drawing, photography, and print. Born in Venezuela to Grenadian and Haitian migrant workers, and raised between the Caribbean and Brooklyn, New York, Barrington began to sew as a way to connect with his Grenadian aunts who were masterful sewists. Barrington has explored the formal action of sewing yarn as an entry into this long tradition of a gendered textile art practice, which was documented orally and passed down by the women in his family. His intimate compositions focus on single subjects in close-up, including faces, body parts, and tropical vegetation. Flamboyant tree and hibiscus flowers, in particular, have become personal motifs for the artist. In the series a different world, Barrington amends used postcards found while traveling through Europe illustrating lakes, rivers, and architectural icons with sewed interventions that fundamentally alter these landscapes, asserting an alternate narrative to those contained within stereotypical tourist images. 

  • Links

    Three interviews with Alvaro Barrington published on the occasion of his solow presentation at MoMa PS1 New York from October to December 2017.


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    Press release from Thaddeus Ropac gallery where Alvaro Barrington has a solo exhibition from April - June 2018