VOLTA returns to Basel this week in its twelfth edition, and with it, brings a dynamic new video series. Here, we get to know five of the artists showing at the fair—Fanny Allie, Kevin Bourgeois, Avital Burg, Jeffery Hargrave, and Lado Pochkhua.
Lado Pochkhua (presented by Project ArtBeat, Tbilis) takes on post- soviet identity in his draftsman-quality renderings of Georgian aristocracy, a decidedly “old-school” approach that highlights both technique and time period.
Born in Tel Aviv and based in New York, journalist and visual artist Avital Burg (presented by Slag Gallery, Brooklyn) re-contextualizes art historic tropes of portraying charged interior spaces with experimental techniques and sociopolitical undertones.
Fanny Allié (presented by Fresh Window, Brooklyn) engages outlines of the human form- from collage to emotive neon installations – to question our relationship to our bodies and social movements, as well as the intrinsic memories contained within and in our absence.
Jeffrey Spencer Hargrave
Subject of Escape Route, a solo exhibition at Bronx Museum of the Arts, Jeffrey Spencer Hargrave (presented by Ethan Cohen New York, New York) filters art history through Black history and queer identity, manifesting a refreshing directness and witty honesty throughout.
Kevin Bourgeois (presented by Causey Contemporary, New York) assembles At Play in the Fields of the Lord, a site-specific and interaction installation that furthers his investigation and critique of unseen policing and social fragmentation within “The Cloud” of anonymous, ephemeral contemporary culture.