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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Imagines Lush Black Bodies In 'The Love Within'

British-Ghanaian artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imagines lush black bodies in 'The Love Within' at Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.

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The Love Within is a solo exhibition of recent works by British-Ghanaian painter, poet and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye currently on display at New York's Jack Shainman Gallery. This new show is the artist's third at Jack Shainman following 2010's Essays and Documents and 2012's All Manner of Needs. Yiadom-Boakye's oil paintings represent a mix of large and small-scale scenes that predominantly portray black figures in medias res. The candid nature of each portrait leaves the artistic narrative open to the viewer's interpretation and conveys a sense of intimacy aptly summed up by the show's title.

Yiadom-Boakye's unidentified subjects represent an amalgamation of traits stored in her artistic palette, and her paintings inhabit a nebulous space which allows for a very improvisational technique. In a video interview (below) conducted at the 55th Venice Biennale, Yiadom-Boakye shed some insight into the sources of her inspiration, saying "I work from scrapbooks. I work from drawings. I work from imagination. It's a combination of all of those things so what I arrive at is not traced to any particular one source."

Born in London in 1977 to Ghanaian parents, Yiadom-Boakye trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools. She was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013 and has had her work exhibited in France, Italy, South Korea, and Ukraine. Click through our gallery above for a preview of The Love Within.

The Love Within is now on display at both Jack Shainman locations (513 W 20th St. & 524 W 24th St.) and continues through January 10, 2015.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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