HEAD OVER HEELS :: Solo exhibition by Tschabalala Self (NYC) at Schur-Narula, Berlin


6. – 27. May 2015
Opening reception:
Wednesday, May 6,
6 – 9pm
Berthelsdorfer Str. 8
(at Oh Pamela)
12043 Berlin
Schur-Narula is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by New York City-based painter and printmaker Tschabalala Self. The show brings together works from her series Head Over Heels.

Tschabalala Self (b. 1990) received her B.A. from Bard College in 2012 and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at the Yale School of Art. Head Over Heels explores the expectations and fantasies projected upon the Othered female body. These fantasies are both accepted and rejected within Self’s works, and through this disorientation, new possibilities arise.

Self examines the voyeuristic tendencies towards the gendered and radicalized body; a body which is both exalted and abject. Self’s protagonistas, fully aware of their conspicuousness, allow viewers the privilege to experience the multiplicities of their various forms.
Schur-Narula is a migratory, international project space currently based in Berlin that aims to call global attention to contemporary artists working primarily in the mediums of painting and sculpture.
Tschabalala Self – Biography

  “The prominent theme of the liberated, yet objectified, female form in Self’s work parallels Marlene Dumas’ rich sensuality of paint via play with notions of desire, the erotic, abjection, voyeurism, racism, nakedness, exposure, and authenticity.” 

  – via Ocean & Martin



“In the Work Of Tschabalala Self, Art Imitates Life As She Explores the Multidimensionality Of Black Womanhood.”

- read the Interview on Dynamic Africa


“Contact,” 2014 Oil and acrylic on canvas/ Öl & Acryl auf Leinwand

“Contact,” 2014
Oil and acrylic on canvas/ Öl & Acryl auf Leinwand


In Touch 9 + In Touch 2 Tschabalala Self, 2015

In Touch 9 + In Touch 2
Tschabalala Self, 2015

Schur-Narula, Berlin 6. - 27.5.2015

Schur-Narula, Berlin
6. – 27.5.2015