Tourmaline is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and activist whose practice highlights the experiences of Black, queer, and trans communities and their capacity to impact the world. Her films and photographs rewrite mainstream narratives and cultural histories to initiate a paradigm shift and imagine a more pleasure-filled future. Tourmaline’s practice invites us to fundamentally reshape our beliefs about what is possible.
Tourmaline (b. 1983, Roxbury, Massachusetts) lives and works in New York, NY. She received her BA from Columbia University in 2006. Tourmaline’s first solo institutional presentation is currently on view at MUDAM, Luxembourg until October 2023. Tourmaline had her first solo exhibition at Chapter NY, New York, in 2020. Her work was included in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice and other group exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the 7th Athens Biennale 2021 ECLIPSE, Athens; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx; MoMA PS1, Long Island City; The High Line, New York; The Kitchen, New York; BFI Flare, London; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen, CO; BAM Cinematek, Brooklyn; The New Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MOCA, Los Angeles; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago.
Tourmaline’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AUS; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Tate, London, GBR; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Tourmaline’s work is currently on view in Artist and Society at Tate Modern, London; Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and will be included in Like Magic at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, opening Fall 2023.