Frida Orupabo

Frida Orupabo

Edited by Stefanie Hessler

The first full monograph on Frida Orupabo, with images of her collages on paper and aluminum, digital prints, and a new visual essay by the artist.

Distributed for Sternberg Press

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The first full monograph on Frida Orupabo, with images of her collages on paper and aluminum, digital prints, and a new visual essay by the artist.

Frida Orupabo's first monograph is published on the occasion of her exhibition at Kunsthall Trondheim. The book contains extensive documentation of her work, including social-media imagery the artist has been producing over the past several years, which forms an integral part of her artistic oeuvre. Essays by Stefanie Hessler, Lola Olufemi, and Legacy Russell provide insights into the relation of the artist's practice to Black visual culture, the archive, and digital life.

In her work, Orupabo explores questions of race, family and heritage, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity, while considering the necessity of visibility for political subjecthood. In her research process, Orupabo mines archives with a colonial history, revisiting images that were created through a racialized lens as well as on digital platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. She creates collages from found material, both digital and physical, and videos that are shown in exhibition spaces and distributed on the same online platforms from which she obtains material. The resulting works take the shape of fragmented Black, mostly female-bodied figures, offering various readings of the stories and lives of the people depicted, many of whom are hardly mentioned in the archives. Through relieving the images of their previous context, Orupabo urges viewers to look at them anew. This look can be unsettling—it is met by a countergaze that negates any monolithic categorization of those being depicted. By bridging historical archives and today's digital platforms, Orupabo foregrounds the social and political structures that determine how we see images, and how these structures organize our thinking. In doing so, her work proposes urgently needed alternatives of seeing otherwise.

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$32.95 T ISBN: 9783956796234 152 pp. | 7.5 in x 11.25 in 80 color illus., 70 b&w illus.

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Editors

Stefanie Hessler

Stefanie Hessler is Director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway and editor and curator of the exhibition Sex Ecologies, together with Katja Aglert, artist and Professor of Art in the Gender Studies Department at Linköping University and Artistic Leader of the Seed Box in Sweden; the team of Kunsthall Trondheim (Prerna Bishnoi, Carl Martin Faurby, Katrine Elise Pedersen, and Kaja Waagen); and RAW Material Company in Senegal. Hessler curated the 17th MOMENTA Biennale in Montreal, 2021, and is the editor of Tidalectics and Prospecting Oceans, both published by the MIT Press.