Alberta Whittle: Learning a new punctuation for hope in times of disaster
6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Saturday, March 16 at 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Ends May 18, 2024
Regen Projects is pleased to announce representation of Glasgow-based artist Alberta Whittle. The artist will debut her first exhibition with the gallery on March 16, 2024. Alberta’s creative practice is motivated by the desire to manifest self-compassion and collective care as key methods in battling anti-Blackness. Her multi-media practice encompasses drawing, digital collage, film, sculpture, performance, and writing, through which she develops a visual, oral, and textual language that questions accepted Western constructs of history and society. Her public presentations are often choreographed as interactive installations, that speak to the site in which they are being presented and prioritize questions of self-care and compassion, while considering the historic legacies and contemporary expressions of anti-Blackness, colonialism, and migration. “I am so thrilled Regen Projects will be working with Alberta Whittle,” Shaun Caley Regen said. “I was lucky to meet her in Glasgow in 2022, and her warmth, intelligence, and vision for her work were immediately palpable. Likewise, when I first saw Alberta's paintings I was taken by their remarkable newness. They are joyous, dynamic, and ebullient in their embrace of craft, folklore, and heritage. There is a freedom in her practice in all the media she embraces, that sends a message of hope amongst the harsh realities of our times, in particular legacies of racism, colonialism, and patriarchy worldwide. Alberta parses all of this and unravels it beautifully, offering analternative vision and paths to navigate this moment.” Entitled, Learning a new punctuation for hope in times of disaster, Alberta’s exhibition at Regen Projects exemplifies the artist’s interdisciplinary approach to cultivating community and care as an antidote to catastrophes, from ecological collapse to the legacy of anti-Blackness. The exhibition presents Lagareh – The Last Born, 2022 for the first time in North America beside a suite of new paintings and sculptural works. Blending tender portraiture with more abstract passages and symbols, Alberta’s paintings reflect her own lived and embodied experience and desire to cultivate moments of rest, reflection, and kinship with and for others. Often built atop rich, jewel-like grounds, her paintings capture both histories and memories, including Alberta’s recent time in Nigeria, walking the same paths traversed by enslaved peoples on their way to the African coast. Through watery fields and layered, sumptuous juxtapositions, the paintings intertwine these histories with portraits of friends, family memories, and photographs—as well as dreamscapes distinguished by coastal cues or lush flora. Still from Alberta Whittle, Lagareh – The Last Born, 2022. Single channel video, running time: 42 minutes 39 seconds.