Artist Talk: Aliza Nisenbaum and Oliver Basciano

Aliza Nisenbaum, 'Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn', 2018. Image courtesy the artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow
Aliza Nisenbaum, 'Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn', 2018. Image courtesy the artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow

15 April 2019

18.30—20.00

Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Granary Building, 1 Granary Square
London, N1C 4AA

This event is in collaboration with Art on the Underground and Contemporary Art Society.

Born in Mexico City, and currently based in New York, Aliza Nisenbaum’s paintings are intimate exchanges between herself and her subjects. Influenced by the Mexican mural movement and its depiction of social history, Nisenbaum’s work probes the politics of representation by bringing together often-marginalized or overlooked groups of people to the fore in exquisitely painted portraits. She makes portraits of undocumented Latin American immigrants, and of other distinct communities, using the focused attention of observational painting to mark those who are socially unmarked in society. Often lushly decorated with patterned textiles, her canvases demand close looking in keeping with her personal connections to her subjects.

Art on the Underground will present a large-scale public commission by Nisenbaum at Brixton Underground Station, launching on 10 April 2019 and on view until September 2019. The work is the first UK public commission by the artist and she will be in residency at Brixton station for two months painting Transport for London staff.

The Contemporary Art Society bought Nisenbaum’s work Susan, Aarti, Keerthana and Princess, Sunday in Brooklyn, 2018 for Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery through the Valeria Napoleone XX (VNXXCAS) initiative.

Aliza Nisenbaum will discuss her practice with Oliver Basciano, International (Editor) for ArtReview.

The talk is free, but requires reservation. Click here to book your place

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