Alvaro Barrington

b. 1983 Caracas, Venezuela

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Alvaro Barrington, A Different World - If Chosen I May Not Run 11, 2017, installation view No horizon, no edge to liquid, 2020, at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch
Alvaro Barrington, A Different World - If Chosen I May Not Run 11, 2017, installation view No horizon, no edge to liquid, 2020, at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Tim Bowditch

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Barrington’s practice celebrates communities using their own cultural language, stemming from his formative years growing up in Grenada, soaking in the carnival culture and atmosphere he witnessed there. Barrington extracts the materiality and aesthetics from these fading memories in many of his paintings, often depicting body parts and native Caribbean vegetation. Sewing features in many works, acting as a direct reference his familial ties and their history. The yarn in A Different World – If Chosen I May Not Run series was woven by his aunts back in Grenada whilst the burlap he often paints on references cacao farming he saw whilst in Barbados.