Get to know My Barbarian
My Barbarian considers the importance of group dynamics
“Asking us why we choose to live in Los Angeles is like asking a bird why it lives in the sky. Birds don’t live in the sky. We simply grew up, met each other and have our studios here.”
Founded in Los Angeles in 2000, My Barbarian consists of trio Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade. The collective aims to challenge the status quo, exploring group dynamics and the collective imagination. The group also creates site-specific performances and video installations, resulting in the creation of new spaces where new things can happen. My Barbarian possesses an impressive portfolio, including presentations at the MoMA, The Kitchen, New Museum, Hammer Museum, REDCAT and MOCA. Their work has also been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Frieze and various international newspapers. For Absolut Art, My Barbarian has created three drawings that relate to their performances. The works revolve around group dynamics– leading, following and finding common ground across personal differences.