UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS + PROJECTS


 

Black Exodus: Act I - Materia Prima / Amar Gallery / London, UK

12 September — 20 October 2017

 

Amar Gallery, London is proud to announce the first UK solo exhibition from the British Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor, running from September 12 to October 20 2017 . Bringing together new and existing abstract works in a solely black and gold colour palette, Black Exodus renegotiates artistic and socio-political definitions of “blackness", whilst exploring existing narratives surrounding race and the African diaspora. The exhibition marks the first ‘Act’ in an evolving series for the artist. 

 

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In-Significations (Part III) / The Cooper Gallery / Harvard University, MA

January - April 2018

 

In-Significations exhibition will travel onto The Cooper Gallery (Harvard University), as a continuation of the Re-Significations exhibit that was launched and exhibited at 3 different venues in Florence, Italy in 2015. The exhibition offered a revision and re-engagement with the history and historicity of representations of black bodies as subjects of art by inviting contemporary artists from Africa, Europe and the Americas to translate and re-stage a collection of sculptures and paintings depicting ornamental black bodies associated with decorative art known to us as “Blackamoors.” Embedded within centuries-old discourses, cross-cultural encounters, and artistic productions shaped by migration, conquest, servitude, and exile, these objects presented a rich opportunity with which we deconstructed, compared, and contextualized myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles

 In-Significations extends the curatorial narrative by staging works in which African and African Diasporic conventions of art making inscribe such histories and subjectivities through their subjects and styles. Like its sister exhibition, InSignifications will display the innovative ways with which artists translate, extend and project traditions of making art to inscribe black subjects and contexts in world history. From geometrical to painterly and sculptural, musical and photographic traditions and their re-inventions, our proposed exhibition will illustrate how the dialogical display across time and space reflect visual and performing arts and how they produce archives, texts and artistic methods of the black world. 

 


 

In-Significations (Part IV) / Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial 12 / Palermo, Italy

June - July 2018

 

In-Significations exhibition will continue onto Palermo, Italy for the 12th edition of the Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial, as a continuation of the Re-Significations exhibit that was launched and exhibited at 3 different venues in Florence, Italy in 2015. The exhibition offered a revision and re-engagement with the history and historicity of representations of black bodies as subjects of art by inviting contemporary artists from Africa, Europe and the Americas to translate and re-stage a collection of sculptures and paintings depicting ornamental black bodies associated with decorative art known to us as “Blackamoors.” Embedded within centuries-old discourses, cross-cultural encounters, and artistic productions shaped by migration, conquest, servitude, and exile, these objects presented a rich opportunity with which we deconstructed, compared, and contextualized myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles. 

 

 In-Significations extends the curatorial narrative by staging works in which African and African Diasporic conventions of art making inscribe such histories and subjectivities through their subjects and styles. Like its sister exhibition, InSignifications will display the innovative ways with which artists translate, extend and project traditions of making art to inscribe black subjects and contexts in world history. From geometrical to painterly and sculptural, musical and photographic traditions and their re-inventions, our proposed exhibition will illustrate how the dialogical display across time and space reflect visual and performing arts and how they produce archives, texts and artistic methods of the black world.