Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode, we’re talking with Yvonne Osei!
Yvonne Osei is a German-born Ghanaian transmedial artist based in St. Louis. Her creative practice examines beauty and colorism, the politics of clothing, complexities associated with global trade, and the residual implications of colonialism in post-colonial West Africa and Western cultures. Osei received her M.F.A. in 2016 from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Chancellors Graduate Fellow, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellow, and Danforth Scholar. She received her B.F.A. from Webster University in 2013 and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Fashion Design and Business at Lindenwood University. Osei is the 2016–17 Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum. She is the recipient of the 2018 Saint Louis Visionary Award for Emerging Artist. Osei is currently the inaugural Curator-In-Residence at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and an Adjunct Professor at Webster University in St. Louis. Her solo exhibitions, “Tailored Landscapes” and “Who Discovers the Discoverer?” were recently on view at Laumeier Sculpture Park as part of the Kranzberg Exhibition Series, and the Bruno David Gallery where she is represented.
5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.
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with Yvonne Osei and Joe Kohlburn
Editor – Sarah Hammond
Producer – Brett Williams