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Legacy Russell, Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, will talk with artist Genevieve Gaignard about her solo exhibition Counterfeit Currency, on view at The FLAG Art Foundation through September 22, 2018. The exhibition of new self-portraits and collages, all created in Florida, continues Gaignard’s interest in the performance of race, gender presentation, beauty standards, and class, through fictionalized personas and staged environments. The title, Counterfeit Currency, addresses the inherent complexities of self-presentation, noting the way one appears to others is often incongruent with the way in which they see themselves, yielding a feeling of displacement and fraudulence. Click here for the full press release and installation images.
Genevieve Gaignard (b. 1981, Orange, MA) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Gaignard received her BFA in Photography from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, in 2007, and her MFA in Photography from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 2014. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions including Hidden Fences, Praz Delavallade, Paris, France (2018); Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, New Orleans, LA (2017); In Passing, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (2017); The Powder Room, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA (2017); and Smell the Roses, at the California African American Museum (2016); among others. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture, curated by Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Fictions, curated by Connie H. Choi and Hallie Ringle, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2017); among others. Gaignard has been the subject of articles and reviews in publications including Artforum, Artsy, Cultured Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker, VICE, among others.
Legacy Russell is a curator, writer, and artist. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Russell holds a dual-major B.A. with Honors from Macalester College in Art History & Studio Art and English & Creative Writing with a focus in Gender Studies, and an MRes in Art History with Distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London with a focus in Visual Culture. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. Russell’s written work, interviews, and essays and can be found in BOMB Magazine, The White Review, Rhizome, Guernica, Berfrois, Screen Shot Magazine, and beyond. Russell is the founding theorist behind Glitch Feminism, a movement that deploys the digital as a means of resisting the hegemony of the corporeal. Russell’s first book, Glitch Feminism, is forthcoming from Verso. Russell has lectured internationally on the intersection of art, the Internet, and feminism; a selection of engagements include Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Rewire Festival 2018, IMPAKT Festival 2017, and The London School of Economics. In 2017, Russell hosted the Serpentine Marathon GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! in London.
Image: Genevieve Gaignard. Keep in 100, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles © Genevieve Gaignard