Carlye Packer is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist, Rikkí Wright.
Wright (b. 1990) is an American photographer and multimedia artist, who throughout her body of work, questions ideas of memory and representation, whether in her moving juxtaposition of text and image, or the transference and usage of archival images onto multiple different surfaces and materials. Images are transferred, reimagined, and recollected, yielding conceptual prints, cyanotypes, and photographic collages onto ceramic forms that explore issues of representation, identity, and history as they relate to the African American female experience.
Much of Wright’s source material is pulled from her personal archive, family photographs and images out of books from her father’s beauty salon. Wright grew up in her father's salon and as a child had a front row seat to the many moments of vulnerability that take place in the salon, all the laughter and tears, moments of strength, resilience and solidarity. For Wright, the beauty salon is a microcosm of the black woman’s experience, a space to re-member, imagine or reimagine history.
Wriight uses images of the salon to examine the ways in which concepts of beauty, gender and culture shape the interactions, relationships and experiences of our lives in contemporary America. Her works in this exhibition underscore the degree to which she has posed the composite body of the personal and salon archive as her ultimate muse, investigating the politics of beauty and desire, while developing a creative vision wholly her own.
Recent Exhibitions include Superimposition, Phillips Auction House, West Hollywood; Shattered Glass, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles and Miami; Goddess, Jeffrey Deitch, Basel Miami; Unshuttering LA, the Getty Photography Pavilion; and a solo presentation at Art Joburg. Outside of her canon, Wright’s photography is regularly published in the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
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