13 ┈ The Beyoncé Etchings

In collaboration with Atelier Larsen I have released two copperplate etching series about Beyoncé; Beyoncé goes Bananas, 2013 (see below) and If you Know, 2015.


If you Know, 2015 consists of 5 papers, each 120 x 150 cm. In this series I am trying to incorporate Beyoncé’s lyrics into my own voice, my own production and feminist framework.

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Detail view of If You Know, 2015


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If You Know,
2015 (THESE ARE MY LATEST BEYONCE COPPER PLATE PRINTS)
Copper plate prints, Artist’s Proof, 1 of 5 papers of 120 x 150 cm


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If You Know,
2015 (BOW BOW DOWN BITCHES, BOW DOWN)
Copper plate prints, Artist’s Proof, 2 of 5 papers of 120 x 150 cm


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If You Know,
2015 (IF YOU KNOW, THEN YOU KNOW)
Copper plate prints, Artist’s Proof, 3 of 5 papers of 120 x 150 cm


 

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If You Know,
2015 (IF YOU DON’T, THEN YOU’LL HAVE TO CATCH UP)
Copper plate prints, Artist’s Proof, 4 of 5 papers of 120 x 150 cm


 

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If You Know,
2015 (I TALK LIKE THIS, ‘CAUSE I CAN BACK IT UP)
Copper plate prints, Artist’s Proof, 5 of 5 papers of 120 x 150 cm



Beyoncé goes Bananas is a series of 10 papers with multiple etchings on each paper taking its starting point with Beyoncé’s Deja Vu music video filmed at Oak Alley Plantation in the US – where countless black bodies were once raped, tortured and killed. This video is one of Beyoncé’s earliest reactionary works but no one saw her politic agenda back then. In front of the plantation she performs a frenzic dance and in an attempt to be able to see better, I began transferring images from the video to a slower medium. My work in my studio moved from drawings to copper plate etchings. This way, I was able to zoom in and study the atmosphere that evolves between Beyoncé and this specific location. Also, I incorporated an image from a comparable moment in history; Josephine Baker’s anecdotal Danse Sauvage from La Revue Nègre in Paris in 1925. Thus the title of my series. The result is this series of etchings, where each image is built up in a classical manner with thin lines put next to each other to form light and shadow. I hope that this work can highlight the continual lack of ability of the West to deal with its own past.

 

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Beyoncé goes Bananas, installation view at Elastic Gallery, Malmö, 2013


 

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Beyoncé goes Bananas 1, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 2, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 3, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 4, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 5, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 6, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 7, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 8, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 9, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm


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Beyoncé goes Bananas 10, 2013
Edition of 15 copies, copperplate etchings on paper, 80 cm x 80 cm