A new special exhibition at the York Art Gallery this summer features works from three generations of black women artists working with clay.
Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics and Contemporary Art covers 70 years of ceramics in a groundbreaking exhibition.
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Visitors will be able to see works by pioneering Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali and her contemporaries, as well as international contemporary artists such as Bisila Noha, Dame Magdalene Odundo and Jade Montserrat.
In Body Vessel Clay, the artists explore race, gender, colonialism, the body and the vessel, and how their work with clay challenges perceptions of clay as a medium.
Art Gallery, home of the Center of Ceramic Art (CoCA) for summer 2022. Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics & Contemporary Art Photo: CHARLOTTE GRAHAM” alt=”The Northern Echo: A new special exhibition is coming to York Art Gallery, home of the Center of Ceramic Art (CoCA) for summer 2022. Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics & Contemporary Art Photo: CHARLOTTE GRAHAM” class=”editor-image”/>
The purpose of this exhibition is to shed new light on the under-profiled collections and contributions made by black women artists and ceramicists through a visually compelling spectacle.
Curator Dr Jareh Das said, “Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics & Contemporary Art celebrates an intergeneration of interdisciplinary artists working with clay, who are shaking up all ways of working with the medium both conceptually and traditionally.
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“The exhibition begins with the famous Nigerian potter Ladi Kwali (1925-1984) tracing the link between Nigerian pottery and British workshop pottery traditions from the 1950s to the 1970s.
“Importantly, it focuses on the matrilineal transmission of these traditions, from woman to woman, within communities in Nigeria and extending across the world.”
Alongside Body Vessel Clay will be the Aesthetica Art Prize, a platform for the best artists in the world.
The prize celebrates contemporary art in all its forms, taking the temperature of today’s creativity.
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