Lorna Simpson, Lyra night sky styled in NYC, 2020, Collage on paper 45.6 x 34.8 cm / 17 15/16 x 13 11/16 in
These themes are a guiding force in Simpson’s new virtual exhibition with Hauser and Wirth titled Give Me Some Moments, which opened on the 2nd of May—following her critically-acclaimed exhibition Darkening with the gallery last year. In this collection of collages, her subjects—predominantly African American women from vintage issues of Ebony and Jet magazines—are spliced with architectural elements, environmental imagery and animals, imparting black and white magazine portraiture with new, vivid narratives. These portraits are deconstructed, reconstructed and transformed to tell stories that are central to contemporary African American culture. The stories of silenced women come to life.
“The notion of fragmentation, especially of the body, is prevalent in our culture, and it’s reflected in my works," says Simpson. "We’re fragmented not only in terms of how society regulates our bodies, but in the way we think about ourselves."