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Alexandra Giniger is an independent curator and Director of Rachel Uffner Gallery.After receiving her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, with a concentration in Modern & Contemporary Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (London), Alexandra managed the Brooklyn-based studios of world-renowned artist, Wangechi Mutu, until moving to Greene Naftali Gallery as Managing Director.
For Sadie Barnette’s recent body of work, she sifted through FBI documents kept on her father, Rodney Barnette, a founder of the Compton chapter of the Black Panther Party.In 2017 Barnette will have a solo exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California at Davis.She lives and works in Oakland, CA and Compton, CA.It features the 500-page FBI surveillance file on Sadie’s father, Rodney Barnette, who founded the Compton chapter of the Panthers.In Sadie’s first solo New York show, she breaks up the severity of these documents with unabashed “girldom.” Pink spray paint, glitter, and other girlish details juxtapose officious markings and eerie intelligence notes. The exhibit has been cathartic for both her and her father.Barnette’s work explores every day mundanity but identifies those moments that make the ordinary extraordinary, or even extra-terrestrial.
The documents are literally a day to day recollection of Rodney’s activities, but they also illustrate a man imbued with the strength to continue to fight for what he believes.
Alexandra is a member of the Mo CADA Ambassadors Circle, AFRICA’SOUT Advisory Committee, Amref Health Africa Art Ball Committee, and co-chaired the 2016 benefit for artist workspace, Recess. In an effort to combine her varied experiences within the art world and beyond, Alexandra founded Oyster Knife, a global arts consultancy firm specializing in promoting and nurturing the careers of artists of color.
She organized Dare You To Look: Radical Realizations in Portraiture, the inaugural exhibition of Burning in Water Art (Nov. Alexandra serves as Chief Creative Officer of this venture.
The multi-media works embody an intergenerational father-daughter conversation, uniting the personal and the political.
An installation entitled “My Father’s FBI File: Part II” is the second iteration of a project currently featured in the Oakland Museum of California’s Hundreds of pages of the extensive FBI file cover one long wall of the storefront gallery.
Barnette has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian UK, Artforum, Artillery Magazine, The Fader, and SFAQ, among other publications.