Tanya Leighton is proud to present Altered Future, a selection of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the gallery’s programme. Our present reality has taken a counterfactual turn. We are made unavoidably aware that the course of world events can be unexpectedly diverted, and that even apparently singular events are differently experienced by communities and consciousnesses. In Altered Future, intergenerational artistic voices reflect upon fragility, daring to imagine new landscapes of labour, desire, identity and community. The artworks are contextualised and elaborated through short videos and commissioned texts by art historians and critics including Shiva Balaghi, Sonja-Maria Borstner and Sabrina Tarasoff.
When New York-based artist Esteban Jefferson first visited the Petit Palais in Paris, in 2014, it was neither the nineteenth-century French paintings nor the Etruscan vases that caught his eye, but two mysterious portrait busts of anonymous Black figures placed behind the information and ticket desk.
While most of the other artworks on display at the museum were accompanied by extensively researched wall texts, these sculptures, carved from polychrome marble, had no attribution and were simply labelled ‘Buste d’Africain’.
–Precious Adesina Art in America, New Talent issue, 2021
Esteban Jefferson (born in 1989 in New York) lives and works in New York. He received his MA in 2019 and his BA in 2011, both from Columbia University, New York. His work debuted in White Columns, New York in 2019, followed by his first solo exhibition in Europe at Tanya Leighton, Berlin in 2020.
Jefferson's work has been included in group exhibitions such as ‘Open Call’ at The Shed, New York; ‘New Old Histories’ at Kasmin Gallery, New York; ‘Estamos Bien – La Trienal’ at Museo del Barrio, New York, all in 2021; and ‘Vernacular Interior’ at Hales Gallery, New York in 2019. He was selected to present a commissioned work as part of New York Public Art Fund’s ‘Art on the Grid’, an initiative on bus stops across the city in 2020. His works are in the collections of the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College and ICA Miami.
Esteban Jefferson will have a solo exhibition featuring a series of new drawings at Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles in July 2021.