Tschabalala Self: Bodega Run
Yuz Museum, 35 Fenggu Rd, Xuhui District
22 September–9 December 2018
Shanghai is filled with chain convenience stores—FamilyMarts, 7-Elevens, and All Days—that are models of impersonal economic efficiency. African American artist Tschabalala Self, who was born in 1990 in Hamilton Heights, Harlem, has an interest in 'Bodegas'—a Spanish term for corner shop that made its way into New York City via the city's Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. Self describes them as lighthouses 'in an ocean of gentrification'. Her paintings, made using an eclectic range of material including fabric, packing material, oil, acrylic, coloured pencil, and photocopy paper, are mirthfully and mischievously uninhibited. In the Yuz Project Space of Art, Self will show works that include Blunt (2018), a composition in packing material and fabric that depicts a muscly figure at rest on a stoop, holding a joint; a big purple neon bottle of Tropical Fantasy Grape (a flavour of soda that reads as non-white); and oversized crates where the audience can sit and chill.