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Visually Speaking | Lina Viktor and Amy Sall

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | The New York Public Library | New York

29 March 2017

Guest curator and moderator Ja'nell N. Ajani introduces artist Lina Viktor, whose practice is described as a “merging of photography, performance, and abstract painting,” in conversation with Amy Sall, New School Lecturer and Founding Editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics. Through both their practices, the two will discuss Colonial ethnographic imagery versus the work of contemporary West & Central African portrait photographers, neocolonial systems, and furthering discourse on the power of image making within divergent contexts.

Visually Speaking by Founding Curator Terrence Jennings, spotlights recognized and unrecognized photographers of our time and explore the photography’s influence on art, culture, and the urban landscape.


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The Body, Fashion, and Art | Lecture

Saint Louis Art Museum | Saint Louis, Missouri

4 March 2017

In conjunction with the museum's annual program, "If it wasn't for the Women", Viktor will be lecturing on her use of the body within her work and practice, in addition to highlighting seminal works within the museum's permanent collection from women of color at the forefront of the discussion. "If it wasn't for the Women" brings special attention to women and their experiences and accomplishments in the arts. 


Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary Life | Artist Talk

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art | Atlanta
30 November 2016

In conjunction with the current exhibition at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Lina Iris Viktor will be in conversation with Mimi Plange, Firelei Báez, and curatorial assistant Kristin Juarez to discuss the works on view, and their roles as cultural producers.


Black Portraitures III: Reinventions: Strains Of Histories And Cultures

University of the Witwatersrand | Johannesburg, South Africa
17 - 19 November 2016

Black Portraiture[s] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures is the seventh conference in a series of conversations about imaging the black body. It will open up a forum that will give artists, activists, and scholars from around the world an opportunity to share ideas from historical topics to current research on the 40th anniversary of Soweto. 

The conference is co-sponsored and held in collaboration with the U. S. Department of State, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick H. Gaspard; the Goodman Gallery; along with our co-sponsors, the conference is also supported by the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research/Harvard University; and New York University’s Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities and Diversities, LaPietra Dialogues, Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging, the Dean’s Office, and NYU’s Institute for African American Affairs.


Sunday Afternoons at The Cooper Gallery / Artist Talk

Harvard University | Boston
24 April 2016 

Conceptual artist Lina Iris Viktor discusses her career as a painter, sculptor, performance artist and photographer with Vera Ingrid Grant, director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art. Viktor creates bold images composed of blue, black, white and 24-carat gold patterns. Her striking painting, Arcadia, is featured in the Gallery’s current exhibition “Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes,” which explores the intersection of jazz music and the visual arts. Arcadia’s blue hue inspired the Gallery’s wall color for “Art of Jazz.” Viktor has exhibited her work in galleries in New York City, London, and Lagos, Nigeria.

The conversation is part of Sunday Afternoons at the Cooper Gallery, a series of talks on perspectives and practices in African and African American Art.


What role, if any, should philosophy play in the creation of art? 

Somerset House | London
30 March 2016
King's College London will host a discussion on philosophy & art - the role philosophy plays in the creative process with speakers Dr. Sacha Golob (Lecturer in Philosophy at King's College), Lina Iris Viktor (Conceptual Artist), Gretchen Andrew (Visual Artist), and Vanessa Brassey (Creative Productions & Philosophy at King's College). The Panel will take place from 6p - 7:30p in the Pennethorne's Drawing Room (West Wing).
Moderated by Marine Tanguy
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The Economy of Basquiat

New York University, Tandon | New York
26 March 2016
Lina Iris Viktor will be  joining a panel discussing the ‘Economy of Basquiat’ with Sara Jane Boyers (Artist), Tanisha C. Ford (Professor) & Phoebe Hoban (Author / ‘Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art). Moderated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont (The MET Musuem).

Despite, his brief life, Basquiat is arguably one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. In the past couple of years, there has been a global resurgence around Basquiat, particularly through exhibitions done by Brooklyn Museum (USA), AGO Art Gallery (Canada), Guggenheim Bilbao (Spain), and Space Jamaica (Jamaica), and the renaming of a public square (France). Last December marked what would have been Basquiat’s 55th birthday. This symposium places academic scholars, artists, and cultural critics in conversation with one another with the goal of unraveling the many sides of Basquiat’s personal and professional life. The primary goal of this symposium is to contextualize the diasporic impact of this seemingly timeless spirit of art and street culture in order to understand his resurgence today. 

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Lina Iris Viktor In Conversation with Flora Alexandra Ogilvy  

South Kensingston Club | London
19 January 2016

Lina Iris Viktor joined art journalist Flora Alexandra Ogilvy of  in conversation about her work, multi-disciplinary processes, and background at the South Kensington Club. The first in series of discussions between both emerging and established international artists, this is part of the SKC art program with official partnerships with Serpentine Gallery, V&A, and Paddle 8. 


Contemporary Artists : Contextual Realities  

The Institute Of Contemporary Arts | ica London
26 November 2015

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) London is hosting a series of panel discussions to address the challenges facing the current generation of artists in the contemporary art world. Four panels comprising art academics, gallerists, business entrepreneurs, and artists will discuss and seek out practical solutions for the diverse issues.

Viktor will join a panel on ‘Emerging Artists, Markets, and Global Art Fairs’ with CNN journalist Livia Paggi, Mike Pinnington from Tate Liverpool, and START Art Fair Director Niru Ratman. 

The conference is curated by Marine Tanguy and will take place in the Nash & Brandon Rooms from 4-9p. Works will be exhibited from select artists.