In Beyond the Periphery of the Skin: Binta Diaw
In-Person Exhibition Opening: Monday, October 25, 2021 at 2–9 PM CET
Live on Facebook: Monday, October 25 at 6 PM CET/12 PM ET
On display until November 17, 2021
Gallery of Art at Temple University Rome is pleased to present In Beyond The Periphery of the Skin, a solo exhibition by Binta Diaw. The show opens on the occasion of the city wide contemporary art festival Rome Art Week.
In Beyond The Periphery of the Skin will feature fifteen photographs, including a selection of new works, to create a dialogue that revolves around the artist’s personal identity.
Who am I? What makes you ‘you’? Such a simple question and yet so difficult to answer. Binta Diaw has always asked herself this question as she wondered what it meant to be an Italian black woman. We understand Diaw’s answers through her art: here we perceive her identity; her daily experiences in Italy; her Italian background and Senegalese origins.
Diaw challenges the typical Western gaze with her art. Growing up and living in Milan, she entered an art world dominated by a prominent white production where afro-descendant Italian artists are labeled with stereotypes. Initially adapting to her surroundings, Diaw has now accepted herself for who she is. Passionately believing in diversity and inclusion, the artist creates an environment to deconstruct and question identity and to explore her position as a black woman in the western world.
Diaw’s works are about compromise; about finding the halfway point between her Italianness and Africanity.
The exhibition is a friendly collaboration with the Galleria Giampaolo Abbondio, Todi (IT).