V's Class of 2018: Tschabalala Self

V's Class of 2018: Tschabalala Self

The New Haven-based painter is making her mark on the art scene, one canvas at a time.

The New Haven-based painter is making her mark on the art scene, one canvas at a time.

Text: Staff

In a time of political chaos, some of the most challenging and spectacular art is born. Tschabalala Self is a Harlem-born painter, creating works that reflect the problems she and her communities face. With solo exhibitions featured across the globe, Tschabalala is making sure her voice is heard, loud and clear, making her a standout choice for the Class of 2018.  The artist was presented as one of the first 10 inductees at our party with UNIQLO to celebrate the Class and the new Uniqlo U Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Read on to find out what inspires her artwork, and what she hopes for in the future.

What's your vision for the industry you work in for 2018?

I hope that there will be more room for artists to develop their practices outside of the market.

What's the best advice you've ever received and why?

Everything happens for a reason and they’re all blessings. It’s the truth. 

What social/political issues or causes resonate with you most, and why?

It is really hard to place them within a hierarchy. Yet, like most, I am primarily concerned with the issues that face the communities I am apart of.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far? How did you overcome it?

I have faced many challenges as a Black woman navigating this world and I am still in the process of overcoming them.

How did you get your start?

My first show was at Schur-Narula in Berlin. Thanks Niki <3

How do you define success for yourself? Is it different than happiness?

Yes, they are very different. Your success is dependent on others, your happiness is not.

When and where do you feel most creative?

In my own space on my own time.

Who is your dream collaborator, in any field (music, art, fashion, etc.) and what kind of project would you love to do with this person?

I would of loved to make an album cover for 2Pac, maybe in my next lifetime.

Where do you want to be professionally in 5 years? In 10 years?

I would love to have my own studio/compound somewhere secluded. In 10 years, somewhere tropical.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job(s)?


Tschabalala wears Uniqlo U.

Credits: Photo by Tyrell Hampton


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