Tariku Shiferaw

Premiere DateSep 22, 2020
00:00 Podcast Introduction
00:37 Episode Introduction
01:27 8th Avenue Cults
01:52 Interview with Tariku Shiferaw (pt 1)
11:58 Mic Break
12:32 Interview with Tariku Shiferaw (pt 2)
30:59 Ya Know Marques Martin
33:20 Outro
33:42 Finish

Tariku Shiferaw is a New York–based artist who explores “mark-making” through painting and installation art in order to address the physical and metaphysical spaces of art and social structures. He was raised in Los Angeles, California and currently lives and works in New York City. Shiferaw’s most recent exhibitions include Men of Change, a three-year nationally traveling exhibition with the Smithsonian Institution (2019 – 2022), as well as Unbound, a group exhibition at the Zuckerman Museum of Art (2020). His solo exhibitions include Erase Me, Addis Fine Art, London (2017); and This Ain’t Safe, Cathouse Proper, Brooklyn (2018). Shiferaw’s group exhibitions include but are not limited to the 2017 Whitney Biennial as part of Occupy Museum’s Debtfair project; A Poet*hical Wager, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH (2017); What’s Love Got to Do With It?, The Drawing Center, NY (2019);

He participated in the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2018-2019), in Open Sessions at the Drawing Center (2018-2020), and the LES Studio Program in New York City (2019-2020). He is a current artist in residence at the World Trade Center through Silver Art Projects (2020). Shiferaw’s works have been written about in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, and Financial Times, among many other publications.

All images courtesy of the artist

Money (Cardi B), 2018
spray paint, wood, price tags, screws, 45″x31″x31″

Installation shot of This Ain’t Safe, March 2018
A Solo exhibition at Cathouse Proper, Brooklyn, NY

Installation shot of This Ain’t Safe, March 2018
A Solo exhibition at Cathouse proper

“Blue Notes (Meek Mill),” 2019
Spray paint, vinyl
60”x48”


“Vocab (Fugees),” 2019
Acrylic on canvas
24”x20”

Trip (Ella Mai), 2018
Spray paint, mylar, vinyl. 40″x30″


“A Boy is a Gun (Tyler, the Creator),” 2020
Lacquer, wood, wall paint
106” x 140”
* currently on view at Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia (January 2020 – December 2020).

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