In her new sculptures and digital paintings, Debora Cheyenne helps forge the current evolution of Afrofuturism. Her new show at Barney Savage Gallery, titled “Entre Vues,” offers themes of “post-web racial and Pan-African identity,” in her signature soft hues that are visceral in their sculptured form.
“Cheyenne’s imagery evokes a cerebral approach to Afrofuturism, a cultural aesthetic term that has expanded since the 90s, through themes of science fiction, tech and the African diaspora experience,” the gallery says. “This influential movement can be found in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kerry James Marshall, Nick Cave, Julianna Huxtable, and has been a topic of recent exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem and PS1 MoMA. Cheyenne’s interests in post-human concepts are akin to the techno-culture term ‘Afrofuturism 2.0.’”