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The Weight of Whispers

Jess Atieno, 2021

Artist: Jess Atieno
Medium: serigraph on canvas
Dimensions: 36 x 52 in / 167 x 219 cm


Born in 1991 in Kenya, Jess Atieno currently lives in Chicago. She maintains a practice informed by inquiries on place, home, and dispossession through the lens of the post-colonial. She sees herself as carrying inscriptions of a colonial past, and studying in the U.S. made her increasingly unable to situate herself in a static reality of belonging. Atieno time travels into history through its material remains: historical photographs, maps, and documents, employing them in prints, installations, and tapestry.

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