Alvaro Barrington: Grandma's Hands
Alvaro Barrington: Grandma's Hands

Alvaro Barrington: Grandma's Hands

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Grandma's Hands, 2020
Edition of 40 (plus artist and school proofs)
Signed and numbered by the artist
Materials: Lithograph
Dimensions: 76 x 49.5 cm
Print is unframed

‘I grew up with my grandmother. My mother had me as a teenager, and it was very common that a grandmother would raise their grandchildren. My grandma was very beautiful and someone I think about all the time. I made this drawing of my hands drawn as if they were her hands. When I was a kid, I wasn’t very well-behaved, and she used to pray for me. I remember thinking about her praying, and I think her prayers today make me want to be better, do better, make her proud. It’s a drawing to remind me of her prayers and of wanting to make her proud.’ Alvaro Barrington, 2020

Talking about the School Prints Programme, for which this artwork was commissioned, Alvaro Barrington said: “Education is going through a lot of important questioning about what it needs to proceed and I believe the more voices in the conversation the better everyone will be served.”

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Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983 Caracas, Venezuela) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Born to Grenadian and Haitian parents and raised between the Caribbean and New York, Barrington’s practice explores interconnected histories of cultural production. Considering himself primarily a painter, Barrington’s multimedia approach to image-making employs burlap, textiles, postcards and clothing, exploring how materials themselves can function as visual tools while referencing their personal, political and commercial histories. Barrington has explored the formal action of sewing to connect with his Grenadian aunts, who themselves were masterful sewers, and as an access point into this otherwise traditionally gendered textile art practice. His intimate compositions focus on single subjects in close-up, including faces, body parts, and tropical vegetation.

Recent solo exhibitions include Garvey: Sex Love Nurturing Famalay, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2019) and Alvaro Barrington, MoMA PS1, New York (2017).

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Commissioned as a part of the fourth School Prints Learning Programme where there was a new focus on supporting the teaching of black histories across the curriculum in local schools.

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