Lauren Halsey

Lauren Halsey was born in 1987 in Los Angeles, United States. In her works, Lauren Halsey combines historical references – from references to ancient Egypt up to more recent American ones, and references to the fight for civil rights and to the battle for economic justice and visibility – with images related to the popular hip-hop culture, science fiction, funk and Afrofuturism – using in particular Sun Ra and the post-psychedelic Black aesthetics of Parliament/Funkadelic. Afrofuturism, a multifarious phenomenon that brings together elements of African-American culture, hip-hop, psychedelism, science fiction and mysticism in an alternative philosophy, is expressed as clearly through the visual arts as it is in music, literature or film. At the meeting-point of architecture, painting and sculpture, Halsey conceives immersive installations directly related to her native city, Los Angeles, where she remains deeply politically committed. She explores the socio-political problems of the southern districts and is against the gentrification currently taking place. Her stance is linked to the Black Lives Matter movement and she decries Donald Trump’s policies on the local scale. Her artistic approach is intended to restore power to the members of her community. For example, the contemporary hieroglyphs she created at the Studio Museum document the list of traumas and tribulations that the African-American community has suffered.

Her work was included in the exhibition 'Untitled, 2020' (2020) at Punta della Dogana.