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Cassi Namoda

Cassi Namoda is a painter whose work interweaves the personal with the historical. Born in Maputo and having lived in several different countries throughout her life, Namoda’s nomadic lifestyle and multicultural identity has long informed her work. She originally studied cinema and considers narrative frameworks, storytelling and the presence of imagined characters to be significant elements in her visual practice. Reference images often serve as a starting point for her painting process: she is drawn to photographs that recall film-stills, images that echo ordinary yet profound moments of everyday life. Combining personal memories with archival references, she creates works that attempt to access emotional interiority and communicate human experience in all its subtlety. The duality between past and present, colonialism and post-colonialism, Africa and Europe, spiritual traditions and a globalised world is a latent force in her most recent paintings. An engagement with—and probing of—art history is a way of confronting the nuances inherent in conflicting ideologies and mutable identities. Her works include frequent references to modern art history, at once challenging and venerating the canon. She relates expressionism to emotional intensity, dissonant tones and figural distortions, while surrealism manifests itself through an embrace of magical realism or through themes borrowed from tribal art.

Cassi Namoda (b. 1988 in Maputo, Mozambique) lives and works in East Hampton, New York and Los Angeles, California. Namoda’s work has been included in exhibitions at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York and Library Street Collective, Detroit. She is included in girls girls girls, currently on view at Lismore Castle, Lismore, Ireland. Namoda’s work is held in the collections of Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Studio Museum, Harlem; and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2023, she will be a resident at Thread Senegal - Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

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In conversation with Diana Campbell

On the occasion of Tropical Depression (2022)

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