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Torkwase Dyson, Distance, Distance (1919: Black Water), 2019, acrylic, metal, ink, and gouache on wood, 98" (248.9 cm) diameter; all images © Torkwase Dyson

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b. 1973, Chicago, Illinois

Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter working across multiple mediums to explore the continuity between ecology, infrastructure, and architecture.

Examining environmental racism as well as the history and future of black spatial liberation strategies, Dyson’s abstract works grapple with the ways in which space is perceived and negotiated, particularly by black and brown bodies. In 2019, Dyson’s solo exhibition I Can Drink the Distance was on view at The Cooper Union, New York, and her work was also presented at the Sharjah Biennial.

In addition to participating in group exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Dyson has had solo exhibitions and installations at Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, Maine; Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago; Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia; and Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Vermont.

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Torkwase Dyson, Nautical Dusk, 2018, Installation, Courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art/Photograph by Gabe Souza © Torkwase Dyson

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Torkwase Dyson, Plantationocene (Black Water 1919), 2019, acrylic, graphite, string, wood, ink on canvas, 98" diameter © Torkwase Dyson

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Torkwase Dyson, I Can Drink the Distance: Plantationocene in 2 Acts, featuring Deja Smith, Arthur Jafa, and Gaika, Performed at Pace Gallery on November 22, 2019

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Torkwase Dyson, I Belong to the Distance, 2019, Wood, metal, granite, Dimensions variable © Torkwase Dyson

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Torkwase Dyson, I Belong to the Distance, 2019, Wood, metal, granite, Dimensions variable © Torkwase Dyson

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Torkwase Dyson, Nautical Dusk, 2018, Installation, Courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art/Photos by Gabe Souza © Torkwase Dyson