Styling as a Form of Resistance: A Review of Gio Swaby “Fresh Up” at the Art Institute of Chicago

Vasia Rigou for New City Art
Bringing together seven of her series from 2017 through 2021, including “Love Letters,” “Pretty Pretty,” “My Hands Are Clean,” “New Growth (an ode to Black hair,” and “Another Side to Me,” Swaby's first solo museum exhibition of embroidered portraits is colorful, multilayered and bold—Swaby is unafraid to play with scale and texture. Her intention? To provide an honest representation of her subjects.
April 11, 2023