Culture / Society

From a Hornstull cafe to a New York residency: Swedish-Gambian artist Rugiyatou Jallow is one to watch

By Rachel Small
Rugiyatou Jallow

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Artist Rugiyatou Jallow grew up between two distinct worlds: that of her “super Swedish” mother, and that of her “very West African” father. It’s a contrast explored in her covetable paintings, which confront identity, belonging and womanhood. We visit the Sweden-born Los Angeles-based artist at the tail end of a New York residency, during which her work evolved once more