April Bey in Conversation with Gemma Rolls-Bentley
- Excerpt from Exhibition Text by Gemma Rolls-Bentley
On the occasion of April Bey’s first exhibition in the UK, Simon Lee is proud to host a talk between the artist and Gemma Rolls-Bentley on Saturday 3rd September in the London gallery.
Notes on the speakers:
April Bey (b. 1987) grew up in The Bahamas (New Providence) and now lives and works in Los Angeles as a visual artist and art educator, currently a tenured professor at Glendale College. Bey is in the collections of The Fullerton College Art Gallery, The California African American Museum, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Bey has participated in biennials NE7, NE8, and NE9 in The Bahamas, and has exhibited internationally in Italy, Spain and Accra Ghana, West Africa. Recent solo exhibitions include I Believe in Why I’m Here, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2022); Colonial Swag, TERN Gallery, Nassau, The Bahamas (2022); April Bey: When You're on Another Planet and They Just Fly, GAVLAK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2022); April Bey: Atlantica, The Gilda Region, The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2021) and Welcome to Atlantica, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA (2020). Selected recent group shows include Cantos of the Sibylline Sisterhood, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, ArtCenter, Pasadena, CA (2022); Floating Rib, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas (2021); TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair, Kent State Museum, Kent, OH (2021); Show Me the Signs, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Nasty Women, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Sanctuary, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2020) and Welcome to the AfroFuture, New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans, LA (2019).
Image: April Bey, But She Bought A MultiMillion-Dollar Home Tho, 2021
Courtesy of April Bey and Simon Lee Gallery.