Ashley Khirea Wahba
Basically,,,, I Just Want Attention
Wahba traces the lineage of mimetic cultural production through her craft and art practices, writing and digital presence. Utilising iconography of mass culture alongside humorous and stereotypical imagery and phrases, she investigates the relationship between her personal values and those inherited from the outside.
Wahba insists absurdism and humour are coping mechanisms for feelings of futility within sociopolitical systems that often feel like they’re working against us. To her, humour, anger and protest are interlinked. Methods like alternative engraving appear as a form of antagonism towards both traditional and contemporary jewellery, just as internet memes become a democratic threat to the cultural relevance of the white cube gallery establishment.
Within her work, lines become blurred through tropes, clichés, irony, absurdism and sincerity, calling into question the politics of taste and the role of the authentic self in an algorithmic hyper-corporate age.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Jewellery & Metal, 2019
Ashley Khirea Wahba (b.1988, Passaic, NJ) is an Egyptian-American artist working primarily in jewellery and digital media. Her work addresses notions of identity, ownership, reclamation and resistance, often in conversation with memetics. She is interested in the role of reference culture and how layers of signalling manifest as a language that traverses URL and IRL.
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA, 2011
- 'Non-Stick Nostalgia', Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2019; 'Information Point', Gallery Lovaas, Munich, 2019; 'Dear _____', Dyson Gallery, London, 2019; 'Fotocopy 2', Ed. Varie, New York, 2018; 'Fotocopy', Lovelace, Munich, 2018; 'SPRAWL', Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, 2013–14; 'Makers | 2012', Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, 2012–13
- 'Jewelry + Image: Self-Actualization in the Digital Age', Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2019; 'Decolonizing Contemporary Jewelry Academia', Gallery Lovaas, Munich, 2019; 'Intersectionality in Contemporary Jewelry', Lost Weekend, Munich, 2019; 'Used Future Symposium', Pratt Institute, New York, 2018; 'Doing the No-No', Current Obsession Social Club, Munich, 2018
- 'NY State of Mind', Current Obsession, 2018; 'Memes as Interactive History: Decolonizing Discourse Through the Visual Communication of the Populous', Unmaking Things, 2018