Yanique Norman

Yanique Norman

at NADA House

May 2, 2019 – August 4, 2019

NADA House, the organization’s second off-site exhibition on Governors Island, features 45 artists from NADA Member galleries and non-profits in a new, expanded format across 34 rooms in three historic, turn-of-the-century Colonial Revival houses. The collaborative, public exhibition will be on view every weekend, Friday through Sunday, 11am–5pm from May 2, 2019 to August 4, 2019.

Atlanta Contemporary presents Yanique Norman’s suite of reconsiderations of official portraits of Presidential wives. Her work serves as a reclamation project – reimagining otherwise iconic images to reflect counter-narratives regarding blackness. Xerox paper is meticulously embellished with drawings and collaged with ink, steely graphite, shimmering gouache; she overpowers the existing picture with countless tiny African faces pluming out, rupturing the frame. The collages deal with privilege and nationalistic ideologies, pondering a decolonial future. Otherwise graceful women are swallowed up by the architecture they pose in. These spaces become insular constructed islands, places of fortification; difficult to enter, impossible to leave.

Responding to the unique context of Governors Island and the specific character of these houses, many participating artists will present work that speaks to the island’s changing identity over time – from its origins as Lenape land occupied by Native Americans of the Manhattan region to its role in the Revolutionary War, and later from its use by the US Army and Coast Guard to its current state as a site for artistic, scientific, and urban experimentation.


Yanique Norman

Yanique Norman lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, migrated to the United States at the age of 12, and was raised in New York City. She received a BFA from Georgia State University and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work can be found in numerous public collections including The High Museum of Art, Hammonds House Museum and Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. She had a project room show at the Atlanta Contemporary in 2017, and is currently included in Class Pictures at the Zuckerman Museum of Kennesaw State University.


Colonels Row on Governors Island, New York Off-site event

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