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About Alvaro Barrington
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Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983 Caracas, Venezuela) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Born to Grenadian and Haitian parents and raised between the Caribbean and New York, Barrington’s practice explores interconnected histories of cultural production. Considering himself primarily a painter, Barrington’s multimedia approach to image-making employs burlap, textiles, postcards and clothing, exploring how materials themselves can function as visual tools while referencing their personal, political and commercial histories. Barrington has explored the formal action of sewing to connect with his Grenadian aunts, who themselves were masterful sewers, and as an access point into this otherwise traditionally gendered textile art practice. His intimate compositions focus on single subjects in close-up, including faces, body parts, and tropical vegetation.
Recent solo exhibitions include Garvey: Sex Love Nurturing Famalay, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019) and Alvaro Barrington, MoMA PS1, New York (2017).