Tamarind Talks: Henni Alftan

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Alftan is the recipient of the 2021 Frederick Hammersley Artist in Residence at Tamarind. She is a Paris-based painter who generates narrative imagery based on a complex process of observation and deduction. Working in figuration but rejecting a narrative dimension, Alftan’s compositions use the tight framing of close range photography to explore the similarities between painting and image-making.

“I paint pictures,” Alftan says, and “painting and picture often imitate each other.”

Inviting viewers to consider the history, materiality, and objecthood of painting, Alftan’s vignettes represent a fragmented vision of the real and address pictorial issues such as color, surface, flatness, depth, pattern, texture, and framing devices.

Recent exhibitions include Karma, New York (2020); Studiolo, Milan (2019); TM-Galleria, Helsinki (2018); and Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver (2017).

This event is sponsored by Tamarind Institute but will be held at 516 ARTS.

516 ARTS is a non-collecting contemporary art museum in the center of Downtown Albuquerque that celebrates thought-provoking art in the here and now.

Support provided by Frederick Hammersley Fund for the Arts at the Albuquerque Community Foundation.

This event is live in person, RSVP is recommended.



516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM

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