The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Cinga Samson on view from October 16-January 15, 2022, on its 9th floor. Produced over the past year, Samson exhibits a new body of work dealing with violence. Comprised of over twenty oil paintings, Yabanda Instimbi / The metal is cold responds not only to explicit brutalities, but also those moments of still, lingering violence which surface from just beyond one’s field of view. Executed in a mixture of traditional oil painting techniques alongside moments of experimentation, Samson’s work introduces elements of his upbringing into constructed scenes of contemporary African portraiture. Samson’s characters–uncanny, sensual, and gothic–are suggestive of those daily threats that pass by almost unnoticed are a reminder that, on some level, life is always trying to kill us.
Cinga Samson (b. 1986) is an artist living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. After discovering an art studio for the first time at 19 years old, Samson has recently established himself as a fresh voice in contemporary painting. Working with oil paint the formal, diligent way, Samson produces contemporary African scenes and portraits. Samson has held four solo exhibitions at blank projects (Cape Town), as well as a 2020 solo at Galerie Perrotin (New York). His work has been included in numerous art fairs, group exhibitions, and public institutional collections.
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