Radio Juxtapoz, ep 130: Kemi Onabulé and the Game of Aesthetics

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We are back in London for the 2nd episode of the 15th season of Radio Juxtapoz with a conversation with British painter, Kemi Onabulé. One of the things that stood out for us and why we wanted to speak with Kemi was this quote she said about her new show, All The Land Is Spoken For, on view now at Sim Smith. “There is so much to enjoy from a tree as a painter, you can paint its skeleton as if it were a body.” This is how 2024 begins.

One of the ideas of this show, and our conversation is the idea of how we all have a desire, or at least many of us, to own the place that we come from. Not just as a place where we live and grew up in, but in terms of ecological and cultural terms. Maybe we don’t think about it often enough, but where we come from define us, both personally and how others perceive us; this is how we start to define ourselves and what we make of our life. But what Onabulé talks about is this idea of a game of aesthetics, how we interact with the viewer, what the viewer understands, and the power of a visual.

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The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV’s Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 130 was produced and recorded in January 2024 by Doug Gillen. Follow us on ⁠@radiojuxtapoz⁠

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