Julie Mehretu talks about her creative process, her experience of the Arab Spring, and the effort of trying to invent new languages and new spaces. Always questioning the ways in which we construct and live in the world.
Mehretu’s paintings are structured through multi layers, marks, mapping, movements and architectural tracings. Constructing what Mehretu calls a "Third Space" - "The In-Between Place".
Julie Mehretu (b 1970) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Michigan, USA. Mehretu studied at Kalamazoo College in Michigan (BA, 1992) and at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar Senegal (1990-91)
Mehretu received an MFA in painting and printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. She has received numerous awards including The MacArthur Award, The American Art Award and in 2015 she was honoured with the US State Department's 'National Medal of Arts'.
She has exhibited in several important group exhibitions including ‘Poetic Justice’, 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003); Whitney Biennial; São Paolo Biennial and Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2004); the Biennale of Sydney and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006); Prospect 1, New Orleans (2008); ‘Automatic Cities’ MCA San Diego (2009); ‘From Picasso to Julie Mehretu’, British Museum, London (2010) and Document XIII, Kassel (2012). Solo exhibitions include Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; REDCAT, Los Angeles and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2003); St Louis Art Museum (2005) and MUSAC, Léon, Spain (2006); ‘City Sitings’, Detroit Institute of Art and ‘Black City’ Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (2007); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, (2008); ‘Grey Area’, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2009) and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010).
Julie Mehretu | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC May 2013
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Julie Mehretu | Marian Goodman Gallery
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