Art on the Frontline: Mandate for a People’s Culture

Two Works Series Vol. 2


This book is not yet published, but will be available from October 2021.

ISBN: 9783960989011 Category:

Tschabalala Self


In her stirring essay ‘Art on the Frontline’, scholar and activist Angela Davis asked, ‘How do we collectively acknowledge our popular cultural legacy and communicate it to the masses of people, most of whom have been denied access to the social spaces reserved for arts and culture?’ Looking to the cultural forms born of Afro-American struggles, Davis insists that we attempt to understand, reclaim and glean insight from these in preparing a political offensive against the racial oppression inherent to capitalism.

Working from a site of racial uprising some thirty-five years later, artist Tschabalala Self responds to Davis’s words with a new series of characteristically vibrant, challenging and provocative works on paper. Her series of three individual subjects emerge collectively as something greater than their parts, suggesting in the ebbs and flows in joy and disdain a kind of shared social consciousness.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 15 x 21 cm
Publisher name Walther & Franz K├Ânig
Publication date 14 October 2021
Number of pages 64
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Angela Y. Davis
Dimensions 15 x 21 cm
Weight 300 g


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Angela Davis Born 1944 in Alabama, USA, Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender and class and international solidarity with Palestine. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race and Class and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is the subject of the acclaimed documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Tschabalala Self Born 1990 in Harlem, USA, Tschabalala Self is a painter based in New Haven. She received her BA from Bard College and her MFA from the Yale School of Art. In 2018 she was the recipient of the Studio Museum Artist-in-Residency program, and in 2017 the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. She has recently held solo exhibitions at Pilar Corrias Gallery, London; Art Omi Ghent, New York; The Yuz Museum, Shanghai; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and many more.