FAAAC presents Exploring the Essence of Humanity: An Artist Talk with YoYo Lander

January 26, 2023

Join the Friends of African American Art & Culture to welcome home artist and South Carolina native YoYo Lander for a moderated conversation. Through a meticulous process of strategically placing individually stained pieces of watercolor on paper, Lander’s works beautifully capture those small moments in the everyday lives of her subjects, evoking emotion and creating human connection. “My aesthetic is visceral and expressive,” explains Lander. “My passion is to use body language as an introduction to context where one might find a sense of truth.”

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception exclusively for FAAAC members featuring light appetizers and a cash bar. At 6:30 p.m., Ingrid O. McMillan — FAAAC board member and former curator of history, art and culture at the York W. Bailey Museum at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, S.C. — engages Lander in conversation. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the artist.

Lander has been featured in both solo and group exhibitions domestically in California, Miami, and New York, and internationally in South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and Belgium. Her work will soon be showcased in a solo exhibition at Zidoun-Bossuyt in Paris and in a group exhibition at BRAFA Art Fair in Brussels. Lander has two artworks in the permanent collection at the International African American Museum in Charleston, S.C., which opens in January 2023.

Following her early education in Sumter, S.C., Lander earned a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University and a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA. She continues to live and work in Los Angeles.

This program has been made possible through a grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation .