Jennifer Packer: The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing


Please note that this catalogue will be available for delivery by the end of May 2021.

On the occasion of Jennifer Packer’s exhibition The Eye Is Not Satisfied With Seeing, the Serpentine Galleries is co-publishing a catalogue with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König. Richly illustrated and designed by Roland Brauchli, it includes contributions by a number of artists and art historians including Rizvana Bradley, bell hooks, Dona Nelson, Christina Sharpe , Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and an interview between Jennifer Packer and Serpentine Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist.

 Christina Sharpe’s insightful new text Abundant With Light focuses on both the political and emotional resonance of Packer’s practice. Artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has written vignettes and a poem to be read with Packer’s paintings in mind. An extended interview between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist delves deeply into her practice and her artistic influences from Carravagio to Fantin Latour to Kehinde Wiley. Art Historian Rizvana Bradley’s scholarly essay The Weathering of Form: Jennifer Packer’s Abstract Figures centres on works in the exhibition and positions Packer within discourses of Black art theory. Artist Dona Nelson, Packer’s former painting tutor, recounts a studio visit with the artist in early March 2020, prior to the global lockdown. Nelson’s intimate perceptions of new paintings are inextricably connected to that specific time and place. The catalogue also includes bell hooks’ seminal 1992 essay Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination, which remains an important influence on Packer’s practice.




Melissa Blanchflower

Natalia Grabowska



Rizvana Bradley

bell hooks

Dona Nelson

Jennifer Packer

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Christina Sharpe

Hans Ulrich Obrist



Roland Brauchli



Serpentine Galleries and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Köln



270 x 223 mm


ISBN 978-1-908617-69-9

Serpentine Galleries, London