Alexandra Karakashian (b. 1988, Johannesburg) is a South African artist based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Her work stems from her personal and family history and reflects on current issues of exile, migration and refugee-statues. Process and materiality is key to her practice. Employing used engine oil and salt as a medium for painting, she engages in ecological discussion, the threatening instability and subtle collapse; and the unethical seizing of rapidly dwindling natural resources, particularly on the resource-rich African continent. Furthermore she investigates notions of mourning – both of an individual and collective nature – and the lamentation of the loss of land and of those who have been ‘unhomed’.
Her work is part of private and public collections including the Iziko South African National Gallery in South Africa, the Spier Collection in South Africa, the Darvesh Collection in the UAE, The Royal Portfolio Collection, in South Africa, and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Italy.
Sabrina Amrani opened her eponymous gallery based in Madrid, Spain, in June 2011. French of Algerian origin, she was raised in a mix of cultures, traditions and habits that are common grounds to most artists she works with. The gallery represents artists across East and West, eliminating cultural gaps and promoting a dialogue exchange and intellectual growth through it.
The distinctive signs of Sabrina Amrani Gallery are proposals that invite to think about the society and the individual: Socio-political issues, identity, space, architecture, … and the discovery of talented artists all around the world to share their work to a global audience, therefore stating its will to become an international cultural agent.
Although the gallery represents emergent and established artists of any nationality, the project pays particular attention to the new voices that are emerging in the Global South.
The gallery regularly organizes and participates in not-for-profit activities such as screenings, workshops, education programs, public lectures and panel talks with prominent and relevant names in its space, or outside its walls in collaboration with various institutions and art organizations.
In January 2019, the gallery inaugurated a 600 sqm second space in Madrid, in Calle Sallaberry 52.